amaryllis: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (am"u-ril'is), [key]
— n.
  1. any of several bulbous plants of the genus Hippeastrum, esp. H. puniceum, which has large red or pink flowers and is popular as a houseplant. Cf. amaryllis family.
  2. Also calleda related plant, Amaryllis belladonna, having clusters of usually rose-colored flowers.
  3. any of several other similar or related plants.
  4. (cap.) a shepherdess or country girl, esp. in classical and later pastoral poetry.


Pronunciation: (am"u-ril'is), [key]
— n.
  1. a female given name.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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