Asiatic lily


: any of various garden lilies derived from species (such as the tiger lily, Lilium lancifolium) native to Asia that typically have large, brightly-colored, unscented flowers in racemes or umbels
The first of the lilies to bloom are the shorter in stature sorts that are usually grouped together as the Asiatic lilies.Joan Lee Faust, New York Times, 13 Aug. 2000
Asiatic lilies, while not fragrant, can provide your garden with a vibrancy that few flowers can match.Sean Conway, Chicago Tribune, 11 Mar. 2011

Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Asiatic lily was in 1880

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“Asiatic lily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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