dogtooth violet
noun Date: 1629 any of a genus (Erythronium) of small spring-flowering bulbous herbs of the lily family

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  • Dogtooth violet — Violet Vi o*let, n. [F. violette a violet (cf. violet violet colored), dim. of OF. viole a violet, L. viola; akin to Gr. ?. Cf. {Iodine}.] 1. (Bot.) Any plant or flower of the genus {Viola}, of many species. The violets are generally low,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dogtooth violet — Dogtooth Dog tooth , n.; pl. {Dogteeth}. 1. See {Canine tooth}, under {Canine}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Arch.) An ornament common in Gothic architecture, consisting of pointed projections resembling teeth; also called {tooth ornament}. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dogtooth violet — ☆ dogtooth violet n. any of a genus (Erythronium) of small plants of the lily family, esp. an American, early spring flower ( E. americanum) with two mottled leaves and a yellow flower, or a European plant ( E. denscanis) with a purple or rose… …   English World dictionary

  • dogtooth violet — noun perennial woodland spring flowering plant; widely cultivated • Syn: ↑dogtooth, ↑dog s tooth violet • Hypernyms: ↑liliaceous plant • Hyponyms: ↑white dogtooth violet, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • dogtooth violet — 1. Also called adder s tongue, trout lily. any of several North American lilies of the genus Erythronium, having nodding flowers and usually mottled leaves. 2. a related Old World plant, E. dens canis, having purplish flowers. [1620 30] * * * Any …   Universalium

  • dogtooth violet — /ˌdɒgtuθ ˈvaɪələt/ (say .dogtoohth vuyuhluht) noun 1. a bulbous plant, Erythronium dens canis, of Europe, bearing purple flowers. 2. any of several American plants of the same genus. Also, dog s tooth violet, dogviolet …   Australian English dictionary

  • dogtooth violet — dog′tooth vi′olet n. pln any of several small lilies of the genus Erythronium, having two mottled leaves and a nodding yellow or purplish flower, esp E. americanum[/ex] Also called fawn lily trout lily Etymology: 1620–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • white dogtooth violet — noun North American dogtooth having solitary white flowers with yellow centers and blue or pink exteriors • Syn: ↑white dog s tooth violet, ↑blonde lilian, ↑Erythronium albidum • Hypernyms: ↑dogtooth violet, ↑dogtooth, ↑dog s tooth violet …   Useful english dictionary

  • Violet — Vi o*let, n. [F. violette a violet (cf. violet violet colored), dim. of OF. viole a violet, L. viola; akin to Gr. ?. Cf. {Iodine}.] 1. (Bot.) Any plant or flower of the genus {Viola}, of many species. The violets are generally low, herbaceous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dogtooth — Dog tooth , n.; pl. {Dogteeth}. 1. See {Canine tooth}, under {Canine}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Arch.) An ornament common in Gothic architecture, consisting of pointed projections resembling teeth; also called {tooth ornament}. [1913 Webster] {Dogtooth …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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