E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Adonis Flower (The),
according to Bion, is the rose; Pliny (i. 23) says it is the anemone; others say it is the field poppy, certainly the prince of weeds; but what we now generally mean by the Adnis flower is pheasants eye, called in French goute-de-sang, because in fable it sprang from the blood of the gored hunter.
A oo ε, ε ε.
(Blood brings forth roses, tears anemone.)Bion: Elegy on Adonis. See also Ovid; Metamorphoses, Bk. x., Fable 15.)