crocus crocus  /ˈkroʊ kəs/


  • (n) any of numerous low-growing plants of the genus Crocus having slender grasslike leaves and white or yellow or purple flowers; native chiefly to the Mediterranean region but widely cultivated


  1. It's the day after Easter, and the first crocus shoots have ventured tentatively above the ground at the convent on Good Counsel Hill.
  2. He arrives onstage most phallically, rising like a glittering crocus out of a chalice that somewhat resembles those silvered bowls in which hotels serve grapefruit.
  3. Long used as a remedy for gout, colchicine is a slightly poisonous alkaloid compound which occurs in the seeds of the meadow saffron or autumn crocus, Colchicum autumnale.


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