1. Greek Mythology a beautiful youth who, after Echo's death, is made to pine away for love of his own
reflection in a spring and changes into the narcissus
2. Word forms: plural narˈcissus, narˈcissuses, narˈcissi (nɑrˈsɪsaɪ
; närsisˈī) [n-] any of a genus (Narcissus) of bulbous plants of the lily family with smooth, linear leaves and six-parted flowers with a cup or tube projecting from the center, including daffodils and jonquils
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Word origin of 'Narcissus'
L < Gr Narkissos
; (sense 2) ModL < L < Gr narkissos
, ? akin to narkē
, stupor (see narcotic
), in reference to the plant's narcotic properties