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any of various southern European plants of the genera Asphodelus and Asphodeline, of the lily family, having white, pink, or yellow flowers in elongated clusters.
any of various other plants, as the daffodil.
Historical Examples

His favourite plants were the vine, ivy, laurel, and asphodel.
Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome E.M. Berens

“That pinkish flower over there must be asphodel,” said Uncle Jim.
Irma in Italy Helen Leah Reed

The poets, probably taking their cue from this, have celebrated the asphodel in song as the flower of the immortals.
A Garden with House Attached Sarah Warner Brooks

At his elbow is a great un-English, unwintry nosegay of asphodel and iris.
Alas! Rhoda Broughton

He was roused from his troubled thoughts by seeing Miss asphodel Vincent coming along the walk towards him.
A Book of Ghosts Sabine Baring-Gould

Crown us with asphodel flowers, that are wet with the dews of nepenthe.
Great Inventions and Discoveries Willis Duff Piercy

You walked as if you were treading on asphodel, and you carried your head as if you’d bought the whole world.
The Woman’s Way Charles Garvice

Unsurfeiting happiness be his portion in the meads of asphodel!
Romantic Spain John Augustus O’Shea

The hot wind of the desert has passed over it, and the spring beauty of iris and orchid, asphodel and marigold, has vanished.
Parables of the Christ-life I. Lilias Trotter

The asphodel was a favourite plant among the ancients, who were in the habit of planting it round their tombs.
The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2 Various

any of various S European liliaceous plants of the genera Asphodelus and Asphodeline, having clusters of white or yellow flowers Compare bog asphodel
any of various other plants, such as the daffodil
an unidentified flower of Greek legend, probably a narcissus, said to cover the Elysian fields

late 14c., from Latin asphodelus, from Greek asphodelos “asphodel, king’s spear,” of unknown origin (see daffodil). Taken in poetic use for a mythical deathless flower that overspreads the Elysian meadows.

To embathe In nectared lavers strewed with asphodel. [Milton, “Comus,” 1634]


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