mariposa-lily

mariposa lily

[mar-uh-poh-suh, -zuh]
noun
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:
1880–85, Americanism; < Spanish mariposa butterfly, moth; so named because blooms were likened to butterflies

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mariposa lily

noun
any of several plants of the genus Calochortus having tulip-shaped flowers with 3 sepals and 3 petals; southwestern United States and Mexico [syn: mariposa
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