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[jong-kwil, jon-] /ˈdʒɒŋ kwɪl, ˈdʒɒn-/

a narcissus, Narcissus jonquilla, having long, narrow, rushlike leaves and fragrant, yellow or white flowers.
a Eurasian amaryllidaceous plant, Narcissus jonquilla with long fragrant yellow or white short-tubed flowers
any of various other small daffodil-like plants

1660s, species of narcissus, from French jonquille (17c.), from Spanish junquillo, diminutive of junco “rush, reed,” from Latin iuncus “rush;” so called in reference to its leaves. The type of canary bird (1865) is so called for its pale yellow color, which is like that of the flower.


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