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mariposa lily

[mar-uh-poh-suh, -zuh] /ˌmær əˈpoʊ sə, -zə/
noun
1.
any lily of the genus Calochortus, of the western U.S. and Mexico, having tuliplike flowers of various colors.
Also called mariposa, mariposa tulip.
Origin of mariposa lily
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; < Spanish mariposa butterfly, moth; so named because blooms were likened to butterflies
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British Dictionary definitions for mariposa

mariposa

/ˌmærɪˈpəʊzə; -sə/
noun
1.
any of several liliaceous plants of the genus Calochortus, of the southwestern US and Mexico, having brightly coloured tulip-like flowers Also called mariposa lily, mariposa tulip
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish: butterfly; from the likeness of the blooms to butterflies
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