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How strange it seemed, that he, Rotath of the Moonstone and the Asphodel, sorcerer and magician, should be gasping out his breath on the marble floor...'

-The Curse of the Golden Skull




asphodels (plural noun)

1. a Eurasian plant of the lily family, typically having long slender leaves and flowers borne on a spike.

2. an immortal flower said to grow in the Elysian fields.

3. this immortal flower is invoked by Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun, in the Avern, a venomous flower which serves as a dueling weapon in the hands of his transcendent hero.


late Middle English: via Latin from Greek asphodelos; compare with daffodil.

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Literary Impressions of the Prose and Verse of Robert E. Howard

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