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naked ladies

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naked lady

noun
amaryllis ( def 2 ).

amaryllis

[am-uh-ril-is]
noun
1.
any of several bulbous plants of the genus Hippeastrum, especially H. puniceum, which has large red or pink flowers and is popular as a houseplant. Compare amaryllis family.
2.
Also called belladonna lily, naked lady. a related plant, Amaryllis belladonna, having clusters of usually rose-colored flowers.
3.
any of several other similar or related plants.
4.
(initial capital letter) a shepherdess or country girl, especially in classical and later pastoral poetry.

Origin:
1785–95; < Latin: name of a shepherdess in Vergil's Eclogues

autumn crocus

noun
any of several bulbous plants of the genus Colchicum, of the lily family, especially C. autumnale, bearing showy, crocuslike white, pink, or purple flowers in autumn.
Also called meadow saffron; British, naked ladies.


Origin:
1905–10

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amaryllis (ˌæməˈrɪlɪs)
 
n
1.  Also called: belladonna lily an amaryllidaceous plant, Amaryllis belladonna, native to southern Africa and having large lily-like reddish or white flowers
2.  any of several related plants, esp hippeastrum
 
[C18: from New Latin, from Latin: named after Amaryllis]

Amaryllis (ˌæməˈrɪlɪs)
 
n
(in pastoral poetry) a name for a shepherdess or country girl

autumn crocus
 
n
Compare saffron Also called: meadow saffron a liliaceous plant, Colchicum autumnale, of Europe and N Africa having pink or purplish autumn flowers

naked ladies
 
n
(functioning as singular) another name for autumn crocus

naked lady
 
n
a leafless pink orchid found in Australia and New Zealand

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amaryllis
autumn-flowering bulbs, 1794, adopted by Linnaeus from L., from Gk. Amaryllis, typical name of a country girl or shepherdess (in Theocritus, Virgil, Ovid, etc.).
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