crocus

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Crocus sativus

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Through Latin crocus, from Ancient Greek κρόκος (krókos, crocus).

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crocus (plural crocuses or croci)

  1. A perennial flowering plant (of the genus Crocus in the Iridaceae family). Saffron is obtained from the stamens of Crocus sativus.
  2. Any of various similar flowering plants, such as the autumn crocus and prairie crocus.
  3. (chemistry, obsolete) A deep yellow powder, the oxide of some metal (especially iron), calcined to a red or deep yellow colour.

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin crocus

Noun[edit]

crocus m (plural crocus)

  1. crocus (plant)

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crocus (crocus plant)

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek κρόκος (krókos, crocus).

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crocus m (genitive crocī); second declension

  1. crocus, saffron

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Most often, the masculine crocus was used to refer to the plant, while the neuter crocum was used for saffron gathered from the plant. However, this distinction is not universally observed, and the word crocus may refer either to the crocus plant or to saffron taken from the plant.

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Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative crocus crocī
genitive crocī crocōrum
dative crocō crocīs
accusative crocum crocōs
ablative crocō crocīs
vocative croce crocī

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