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asphodel


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Asphodel  \As"pho*del\,  n.  [L.  asphodelus,  Gr  ?.  See 
  {Daffodil}.]  (Bot.) 
  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. 
 
  Note:  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}.  --Dr. 
  Prior. 
 
  Pansies,  and  violets,  and  asphodel.  --Milton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  asphodel 
  n  :  any  of  various  chiefly  Mediterranean  plants  of  the  genera 
  Asphodeline  and  Asphodelus  having  linear  leaves  and 
  racemes  of  white  or  pink  or  yellow  flowers 




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