Definition of Crocus

1. Noun. Any of numerous low-growing plants of the genus Crocus having slender grasslike leaves and white or yellow or purple flowers; native chiefly to the Mediterranean region but widely cultivated.

Generic synonyms: Iridaceous Plant
Group relationships: Genus Crocus
Specialized synonyms: Crocus Sativus, Saffron, Saffron Crocus



Definition of Crocus

1. n. A genus of iridaceous plants, with pretty blossoms rising separately from the bulb or corm. C. vernus is one of the earliest of spring-blooming flowers; C. sativus produces the saffron, and blossoms in the autumn.

Definition of Crocus

1. Noun. A perennial flowering plant (of the ''Iridaceae'' family). Saffron is obtained from the stamens of ''Crocus sativus''. ¹

2. Noun. Some similar flowering plants, such as the autumn crocus and prairie crocus. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Crocus

1. a flowering plant [n -CUSES or -CI]

Medical Definition of Crocus

1. The dried stigmas of Crocus sativus (C. Of ficinalis) (family Iridaceae), formerly used occasionally in flatulent dyspepsia; also formerly used as an antispasmodic in asthma and dysmenorrhoea and as a colouring and flavoring agent. Synonym: saffron. Origin: L. Fr. G. Krokos, the crocus, saffron (made from its stigmas) (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Crocus

crocoisite
crocoite
crocoites
crocolite
croconate
croconates
croconazole
croconic
croconic acid
crocose
crocosmia
crocosmias
crocotta
crocottas
crocs
crocus (current term)
crocuses
crocuslike
crocuta
crocutas
croft
crofter
crofters
crofting
croftings
croftland
croftlands
crofts
crog
crogged

Literary usage of Crocus

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1. The Gardeners Dictionary: Containing the Methods of Cultivating and ...by Philip Miller by Philip Miller (1754)
"Park. Par. The bell Cloth of Gold crocus. 3 . crocus <vernus ... В. Spring crocus, \vith a white Flower, and a purple-violet Bottom. , 6 crocus vernus ¡at ..."

2. Curtis's Botanical Magazine, Or, Flower-garden Displayed: In which the Most by John Sims (1805)
"8. n. 4* crocus vernus (3. Mari. Mill. Difi. n. 2. crocus vernus ... Why this Js called the Scotch crocus we are equally at a lofs to account for, ..."

3. The Shakespeare Garden by Esther Singleton (1922)
"IX Saffron crocus and Cuckoo-flowers SAFFRON crocus (crocus verus sativus Autumnalis). ... He never mentions the crocus from which the saffron was obtained, ..."

4. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens (1842)
"Doctor crocus is here, gentlemen, the celebrated'' Doctor crocus! Doctor crocus has come all this way to cure you, gentlemen. If you haven't heard of Doctor ..."

5. English Botany; Or, Coloured Figures of British Plants, with Their Essential ...by James Edward Smith, James Sowerby by James Edward Smith, James Sowerby (1796)
"Sheath of one leaf, radical. Tube of the corolla very long. Stigma in three short wedge- shaped lobes, enclosed within the flower. SYN. crocus vernus. Mart. ..."

6. Poetry of the Seasons by Mary Isabella Lovejoy (1898)
"THE FIRST crocus. DO you know where the crocus blows ? Under the snows ; Wide eyed and winsome and daintily fair As waxen exotic, close-tended and rare; ..."

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