atamasco lily
noun Etymology: Virginia Algonquian attamusco Date: 1743 any of a genus (Zephyranthes) of American bulbous herbs of the amaryllis family with pink, white, or yellowish flowers; especially one (Z. atamasco) of the southeastern United States with white flowers usually tinged with purple

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  • Atamasco lily — 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

  • Atamasco lily — At a*mas co lil y [Atamasco is fr. North American Indian.] (Bot.) See under {Lily}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • atamasco lily — ☆ atamasco lily [at΄ə mas′kō ] n. [Virginia Algonquian attamusco] any of a genus (Zephyranthes) of bulbous plants of the lily family, with hollow stems, grassy leaves, and funnel shaped flowers of yellow, pink, red, or purple tinged white …   English World dictionary

  • atamasco lily — /at euh mas koh, at / a plant, Zephyranthes atamasco, of the amaryllis family, of the southeastern U.S., bearing a single white lilylike flower sometimes tinged with purple. Also called fairy lily. [1620 30, Amer.; earlier attamusco < Virginia… …   Universalium

  • atamasco lily — |ad.ə|ma(ˌ)skō noun also atamasco Etymology: Virginia attamusco, literally, it is red : a plant of the genus Zephyranthes (especially Z. atamasco and Z. longifolia) …   Useful english dictionary

  • atamasco lily — at′a•mas′co lil′y [[t]ˈæt əˈmæs koʊ, ˌæt [/t]] n. pln a plant of the southeastern U.S., Zephyranthes atamasco, of the amaryllis family, bearing a single white lilylike flower sometimes tinged with purple • Etymology: 1620–30, amer.; earlier… …   From formal English to slang

  • 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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