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[krahy-nuh m] /ˈkraɪ nəm/
any of the tropical and subtropical bulbous plants constituting the genus Crinum, of the amaryllis family, usually having umbels of large, showy flowers.
Origin of crinum
< New Latin < Greek krínon lily Unabridged
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  • The normal rate of growth of the bud of crinum was 0.35  per second.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • This is a million times the actual rate of growth of the crinum bud.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • Two electrodes were applied, one above and the other below the growing region of a bud of crinum.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • crinum Amnum, new and very beautiful, white-striped crimson.

    Talks about Flowers. M. D. Wellcome
  • I, therefore, employed the slower growing flower bud of crinum.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • Under this head may also be mentioned the fleshy bulbils that are found in the capsules of crinum, Amaryllis, and Agave.

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
  • Here also a species of crinum (the “papau” of the natives) and the Tacca pinnatifida (“mamago”) may be usually found.

    The Solomon Islands and Their Natives H. B. (Henry Brougham) Guppy
  • There,” said the mother of the Enchantress, pointing to a handsome lily, “is a specimen of crinum Asiaticum.

British Dictionary definitions for crinum


any plant of the mostly tropical amaryllidaceous genus Crinum, having straplike leaves and clusters of lily-like flowers Also called crinum lily
Word Origin
Latin: lily, from Greek krinon
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