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1. In Greek mythology, a youth who was punished for repulsing Echo's love by being made to fall in love with his own reflection in a pool.

He died gazing at his own image, and was turned into a flower.

2. In botany, the daffodil, a genus of plants of several species.

They are of the bulbous rooted tribe, perennial in root, but with annual leaves and flower stalks.

Narcissus was the son of the river god Cephissus and the nymph Leiriope.

He supposedly caused the death of the nymph Echo by spurning her love; so, in punishment, Nemesis caused him to waste away, to die for the love of his own image in a pool on Mount Helicon, and changed him into the narcissus flower that sprang up on the spot where he died.

Echo, who was hopelessly in love with Narcissus, pined away until nothing was left of her except her voice haunting Mount Helicon.

Narcissus, representing the early spring-flower, which for a brief time beholds itself mirrored in the water and then fades, is one of the many youths whose premature death is recorded in Greek mythology; the flower itself was regarded as a symbol of such death.

It was the last flower gathered by Persephone before she was carried off by Hades, and was sacred to Demeter and Core (the cult name of Persephone), the great goddesses of the underworld.

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