autumn crocus

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

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