asphodel n

Med. L. affodillus < Gk asphodil-us; see daffodil, n.

  1. Day-lily; lily-like plant; a species of Hemerocallis; herb with beautiful flowers and spear-shaped leaves; bloom that grows on the moors of England, edible for sheep; blossom planted anciently near graves to supply the dead with nourishment; immortal flower said to cover the meadows of Elysium, the abode of the blessed after death in Greek mythology; [fig.] heaven; state of rest after mortality.