Crocus is the name of a genus of perennial flowering plants meaning “saffron” and “yellow, golden” via Ancient Greek krókos (saffron) which seems to be derived from a Semitic origin.
In Greek mythology, Crocus is the name of a young man who was a companion of the god Hermes. He is accidentally killed in a game and his body was transformed into the saffron flower; in another version of the myth, Crocus is in love with the nymph Smilax though his love was either unrequited or they couldn’t be together. Either way, the gods took pity on Crocus and turned him into the crocus flower; Smilax was turned into a thorny vine.
Meaning: saffron; yellow, golden
- Crocea (Latin)- female
- Croceus (Latin, English)
- Krokos (Ancient Greek) – male