Definition of crocus in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrōkəs/ /ˈkroʊkəs/

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nouncrocuses, croci

  • A small, spring-flowering plant of the iris family, which grows from a corm and bears bright yellow, purple, or white flowers.

    See also autumn crocus

    Genus Crocus, family Iridaceae

    ‘Indulge yourself - or treat a friend - with instant plantings of colorful tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses, Iris reticulata and other spring flowers.’
    • ‘Your hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and grape-hyacinths can be saved for planting in the garden.’
    • ‘Spring-flowering bulbs such as tulips, crocuses, hyacinths, daffodils, and irises are universal symbols of spring.’
    • ‘It is the season to plant flowering bulbs such as tulips, narcissi, crocuses and hyacinths.’
    • ‘Autumn is the time to put in bulbs for early spring including snow-drops, daffodils, crocuses, lilies and bluebells.’
    • ‘Fall is the season to plant trees, turf grasses and spring-blooming flower bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses.’
    • ‘Like snowdrops, crocuses will multiply each year.’
    • ‘Crocuses and daffodils need to be planted in early fall because they're the first to bloom in springtime.’
    • ‘As far as planting goes, the smaller crocus should be planted so the tips of the bulb are two inches below the soil's surface.’
    • ‘The tulip is followed in popularity by the daffodil and other narcissi, the gladiolus, the lily and the crocus.’
    • ‘For 15 years he has carefully planted crocuses and snowdrops around lamp posts, on verges and beside a phone box in his street.’
    • ‘The only sure-fire way to protect tulips and crocuses and other tasty bulb treats from squirrels is to lay wire mesh such as chicken wire on top of the bed.’
    • ‘Other fun bulbs for easy forcing include colorful hyacinths, crocuses and narcissi.’
    • ‘‘Sprinkle’ some crocuses, daffodils, and of course tulips between your flower beds.’
    • ‘Nothing says spring quite like a daffodil, crocus or tulip.’
    • ‘In spring the flowers, the daffodils and crocuses are an amazing sight.’
    • ‘Children, their parents and other residents spent yesterday morning tidying up the embankment, which will bloom with crocuses and daffodils next spring.’
    • ‘In 1960, filming was in winter, and daffodils and crocuses had to be brought in and planted to suggest spring's arrival.’
    • ‘We plant crocuses in terracotta pots in the cool greenhouse using a peat-free compost with at least 25% extra grit for drainage.’
    • ‘The signs of early spring are all around, with plants such as snowdrops and crocuses making their appearance as normal.’


Late Middle English (also denoting saffron, obtained from a species of crocus): via Latin from Greek krokos, of Semitic origin and related to Hebrew karkōm and Arabic kurkum.