mariposa lily
noun Etymology: probably from American Spanish mariposa, from Spanish, butterfly Date: 1882 any of a genus (Calochortus) of western North American plants of the lily family with showy flowers having three petals and three sepals — called also mariposa tulip — compare sego lily

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  • Mariposa lily — ☆ Mariposa lily or Mariposa tulip [mar΄ə pō′zəlil′ē, mar΄ə pō′sə ] n. [AmSp mariposa < Sp, butterfly: from the appearance of the blossoms] 1. any of a genus (Calochortus) of plants of the lily family, found in W North America, with tuliplike… …   English World dictionary

  • Mariposa lily — Ma ri*po sa lil y [Sp. mariposa a butterfly + E. lily. So called from the gay appearance of the blossoms.] (Bot.) One of a genus ({Calochortus}) of tuliplike bulbous herbs with large, and often gaycolored, blossoms. Called also {butterfly lily}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mariposa lily — /mar euh poh seuh, zeuh/ any lily of the genus Calochortus, of the western U.S. and Mexico, having tuliplike flowers of various colors. Also called mariposa, mariposa tulip. [1880 85, Amer.; < Sp mariposa butterfly, moth; so named because blooms… …   Universalium

  • mariposa lily — noun any of several plants of the genus Calochortus having tulip shaped flowers with 3 sepals and 3 petals; southwestern United States and Mexico • Syn: ↑mariposa, ↑mariposa tulip • Hypernyms: ↑liliaceous plant • Hyponyms: ↑star tulip, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • mariposa lily — mar•i•po′sa lil y [[t]ˌmær əˈpoʊ sə, zə[/t]] n. pln any lily of the genus Calochortus, of the western U.S. and Mexico, having showy tuliplike flowers • Etymology: 1880–85, amer.; < Sp mariposa butterfly, moth …   From formal English to slang

  • Mariposa — is the Spanish word for butterfly . In Portuguese, it is both a synonym for moth (Brazil) and butterfly (Portugal). It may also refer to: Contents 1 Places 1.1 Canada …   Wikipedia

  • Lily — Lil y (l[i^]l [y^]), n.; pl. {Lilies} (l[i^]l [i^]z). [AS. lilie, L. lilium, Gr. lei rion. Cf. {Flower de luce}.] 1. (Bot.) A plant and flower of the genus {Lilium}, endogenous bulbous plants, having a regular perianth of six colored pieces, six… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lily beetle — Lily Lil y (l[i^]l [y^]), n.; pl. {Lilies} (l[i^]l [i^]z). [AS. lilie, L. lilium, Gr. lei rion. Cf. {Flower de luce}.] 1. (Bot.) A plant and flower of the genus {Lilium}, endogenous bulbous plants, having a regular perianth of six colored pieces …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lily daffodil — Lily Lil y (l[i^]l [y^]), n.; pl. {Lilies} (l[i^]l [i^]z). [AS. lilie, L. lilium, Gr. lei rion. Cf. {Flower de luce}.] 1. (Bot.) A plant and flower of the genus {Lilium}, endogenous bulbous plants, having a regular perianth of six colored pieces …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lily encrinite — Lily Lil y (l[i^]l [y^]), n.; pl. {Lilies} (l[i^]l [i^]z). [AS. lilie, L. lilium, Gr. lei rion. Cf. {Flower de luce}.] 1. (Bot.) A plant and flower of the genus {Lilium}, endogenous bulbous plants, having a regular perianth of six colored pieces …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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