Origin: L. Narcissus, and (personified) Narcissus, Gr. Narkissos, Narkissos, fr. Narkh torpor, in allusion to the narcotic properties of the flower. Cf. Narcotic.

1. <botany> A genus of endogenous bulbous plants with handsome flowers, having a cup-shaped crown within the six-lobed perianth, and comprising the daffodils and jonquils of several kinds.

2. A beautiful youth fabled to have been enamored of his own image as seen in a fountain, and to have been changed into the flower called Narcissus.

(01 Mar 1998)