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mariposa lily

[mar-uh-poh-suh, -zuh] /ˌmær əˈpoʊ sə, -zə/
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
1880-85, Americanism; < Spanish mariposa butterfly, moth; so named because blooms were likened to butterflies Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The green-banded mariposa lily unfurls its lavender petals.
  • Common names include broad-fruit or big-fruit mariposa lily.
  • The sagebrush mariposa lily displays deli-cate lavender flowers with intricate colors and markings.

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