avalanche-lily

avalanche lily

noun
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:
1910–15, Americanism; apparently so called because it is found near the snow line or the edge of glaciers

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avalanche lily

noun
perennial herb having large white flowers marked with orange; found near the snow line in the northwestern United States 
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