E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
according to Grecian fable, was the son of Am&ymacr;clas, a Spartan king. The lad was beloved by Apollo and Zephyr, and as he preferred the sun-god, Zephyr drove Apollos quoit at his head, and killed him. The blood became a flower, and the petals are inscribed with the boys name. (Virgil Eclogues, iii. 106.)