Asiatic lily

noun

Definition of 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

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1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Asiatic lily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Asiatic%20lily. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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