noun Hy·me·no·cal·lis \ˌhīmənōˈkalə̇s\

Definition of Hymenocallis

  1. :  a genus of tropical and subtropical American bulbous plants (family Amaryllidaceae) with linear basal leaves and umbels of usually white or pink but sometimes yellow tubular flowers — compare peruvian daffodil

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Origin and Etymology of hymenocallis

New Latin, from hymen- + -callis (from Greek kallos beauty); from the delicate texture of the perianth — more at calli-

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quaintly unconventional or refined

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