Definition of Asphodel

1. Noun. Any of various chiefly Mediterranean plants of the genera Asphodeline and Asphodelus having linear leaves and racemes of white or pink or yellow flowers.

Definition of Asphodel

1. n. A general name for a plant of the genus Asphodelus. The asphodels are hardy perennial plants, several species of which are cultivated for the beauty of their flowers.

Definition of Asphodel

1. Noun. (botany) Flowering plants of the ''Asphodelaceae'' family, especially ''Asphodelus ramosus'' and ''Asphodelus albus''; the flowers of these plants. ¹

2. Noun. (mythology) The flower said to carpet Hades, and a favorite food of the dead. ¹

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Definition of Asphodel

1. a flowering plant [n -S]

Medical Definition of Asphodel

1. A general name for a plant of the genus Asphodelus. The asphodels are hardy perennial plants, several species of which are cultivated for the beauty of their flowers. The name is also popularly given to species of other genera. The asphodel of the early English and French poets was the daffodil. The asphodel of the Greek poets is supposed to be the Narcissus poeticus. "Pansies, and violets, and asphodel." (Milton) Origin: L. Asphodelus, Gr. See Daffodil. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Asphodel

asphenc lens
aspheric lens
asphodel (current term)
asphyxia livida
asphyxia neonatorum
asphyxia pallida

Literary usage of Asphodel

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Ballades and Rondeaus, Chants Royal, Sestinas, Villanelles, &c. by Gleeson White (1887)
"In the green twilight, dimly sweet, Of poplar shades, the shadows dwell, Who found erewhile a fair retreat Along the mead of asphodel. There death and birth ..."

2. History of Cultivated Vegetables: Comprising Their Botanical, Medicinal by Henry Phillips (1822)
"The asphodel root was to the ancient Greeks and Romans, what the potatoe now is to us, a bread plant, the value of which cannot be too highly estimated. ..."

3. Ben King's Verse by Benjamin Franklin King, Nixon Waterman, Opie Percival Read (1898)
"asphodel /"BAREST them naught for me ... I to pluck thee from thy stem, To have thee near, and in thy fragrance dwell, Trusting thee ever, fairy asphodel. ..."

4. A Smaller Classical Dictionary of Biography, Mythology, and Geography. by William Smith (1889)
"Among the things sacred to him, we mny notice the vine, ivy, laurel, and asphodel ; the dolphin, serpent, tiger, lynx, panther, nnd ass. ..."

5. The Youth's Companion, Or, An Historical Dictionary: Consisting of Articles by Ezra Sampson (1816)
"... thought to have been sunk by an earthquake after the destruction by fire from heaven. asphodel, the Day Lily. There are six species; and by some of the ..."

6. Landscape Gardening: Notes and Suggestions on Lawns and Lawn Planting by Samuel Parsons (1895)
"It comes from North America. ^4. tuberosa is one of the best. It grows one to two feet high. The ACHILLEA PTARMICA. YELLOW asphodel. (asphodelUS LUTEUS. ..."

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