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trillium

[tril-ee-uh m] /ˈtrɪl i əm/
noun
1.
any of several plants belonging to the genus Trillium, of the lily family, having a whorl of three leaves from the center of which rises a solitary, three-petalled flower.
Origin
< New Latin (Linnaeus), apparently alteration of Swedish trilling triplet, alluding to the foliation
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trillium

/ˈtrɪljəm/
noun
1.
any herbaceous plant of the genus Trillium, of Asia and North America, having a whorl of three leaves at the top of the stem with a single central white, pink, or purple three-petalled flower: family Trilliaceae
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, modification by Linnaeus of Swedish trilling triplet
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Word Origin and History for trillium
n.

1768, from Modern Latin trillium (Linnaeus, 1753), from Latin tri- "three" (see three). So called for its leaves.

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