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

1. (Science: 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.