noun \ˈtri-lē-əm\

Definition of TRILLIUM

:  any of a genus (Trillium) of herbs of the lily family with an erect stem bearing a whorl of three leaves and a solitary typically spring-blooming flower

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Origin of TRILLIUM

New Latin, from Swedish trilling triplet; from its three leaves
First Known Use: circa 1760

Rhymes with TRILLIUM


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 25 species of spring-flowering perennial herbaceous plants that make up the genus Trillium in the family Melanthiaceae, native to North America and Asia. Whorls of oval leaves, flower parts, and fruits are arranged in groups of three. Each solitary white, greenish-white, yellow, pink, or purple flower is borne on a short stalk that arises from the whorl of leaves. Many species are cultivated in wildflower gardens. Wild trillium (also called wake-robin or birthroot) is a protected species.


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