wild lily of the valley

wild lily of the valley

noun
a low-growing woodland plant, Maianthemum canadense, of the lily family, native to northeastern North America, having a cluster of small white flowers.
Also called Canada mayflower, false lily of the valley.


Origin:
1820–30, Americanism

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wild lily of the valley

noun
1. evergreen with rounded leaves and very fragrant creamy-white flowers; widely distributed in northern parts of Old and New Worlds 
2. North American evergreen with small pinkish bell-shaped flowers and oblong leaves used formerly for shinplasters 
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