mariposa-tulip

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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