mariposa

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 (ˌmærɪˈpəʊzə, -sə)
 
n
mariposa lily, Also called: mariposa tulip any of several liliaceous plants of the genus Calochortus, of the southwestern US and Mexico, having brightly coloured tulip-like flowers
 
[C19: from Spanish: butterfly; from the likeness of the blooms to butterflies]

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