（Κρόκος). A youth who, being unable to obtain the object
of his affections, the nymph Smilax, pined away, and was changed into the crocus, or saffron.
Smilax herself was metamorphosed into the smilax, or bindweed (Ovid, Met. iv. 283).
Harry Thurston Peck. Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. New York. Harper and Brothers. 1898.
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