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Flowers, etymology of names
Can you name the flowers, from a description of the origins of their names?
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From: "Defined Petals: April showers bring an anthology of flowery words."; Richard Lederer; MENSA BULLETIN;April / May 2012
Further fun facts
English called this yellow shaggy weed a 'lion's tooth' because the leaves resemble a lions grin.
In 14th century, the name was 'Frenchified', becoming dent-de-lion, 'tooth-of-the-lion, and subsequently was Anglicized to its current form
This name comes from the flowers that covered the Elysian fields of the afterlife in Greek mythology. The Greeks name was aspodelos.
Over time the word gained an initial d, and the spelling was modified.
This handsome yellow or white flower is named after the unrequited love of Echo. Her love, only had love for himself.
Narcissus saw his reflection in a lake, fell in love with his own visage, couldn't take his eyes off of himself, hence our term Narcissim
This flower has a sunburst center with radiating white petals, and opens during the sunny hours only to close in the evening. Hence it was named from the Old English word for 'day'
Chaucer referred to the sun as 'the day's eye, or else the eye of day.'
This flower with scarlet star shaped leaves was called by Mexicans flor de la noche buena: 'flower of the holy night.' Mexican legend: it was presented to the Child by a poor boy.
Dr. Joel Roberts Pointsett, the first US minister to Mexico, discovered the flower there in 1828. He brought it back to the US were it was named after him in 1836.
This flower's name did not come from the fact that it resembles the mouth, but comes originally from the Turks who called it tulbend because it reminded them of a turban.
The French modified the word naming it tulipan. From there the Dutch gave it its present name.
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