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avalanche lily

either of two plants, Erythronium grandiflorum or E. montanum, of the lily family, of the mountains of northwestern North America, having nodding yellow or white flowers.
Origin of avalanche lily
1910-15, Americanism; apparently so called because it is found near the snow line or the edge of glaciers Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The most noticeable and abundant flower on all slopes is the avalanche lily (erythronium montanum).

    The Mountain that was 'God' John H. Williams

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