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avalanche lily

noun
1.
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
1910-1915
1910-15, Americanism; apparently so called because it is found near the snow line or the edge of glaciers
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