Narcissus

Narcissus
Narcissus m
Latin form of the Greek name Narkissos. In classical mythology, Narcissus was a beautiful youth who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water and remained there transfixed until he faded away and turned into a flower. The legend purports to account for the name of the flower, a kind of lily, known in Greek as narkissos. The name is almost certainly of pre-Greek origin, but attempts have been made to link it with Greek narkē numbness. The vocabulary word in English and horticultural Latin denotes the genus of flowers that includes the daffodil. The name was common among slaves and freedmen in the early Christian era, and a Roman citizen bearing this name is mentioned in St Paul's Epistle to the Romans (16: 11). One St Narcissus was bishop of Jerusalem in 195; another was a Spanish bishop put to death at Gerona under Diocletian in c.307.
Derivatives: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese: Narciso. Catalan: Narcis. French: Narcisse. Polish: Narcyz.
Feminine form (rare): Narcissa.

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