corn lily

corn lily

noun
1.
any of several plants of the genus Ixia, of the iris family, native to southern Africa, having spikes of flowers and grown as an ornamental.
2.
a woodland plant, Clintonia borealis, of the lily family, native to eastern and midwestern North America, having broad leaves, nodding yellowish-green flowers, and dark-blue berries.
Also called bluebead.


Origin:
1945–50, Americanism

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corn lily
 
n
any of several South African iridaceous plants of the genus Ixia, which have coloured lily-like flowers

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