atamasco lily

noun

at·​a·​mas·​co lily ˌa-tə-ˈma-(ˌ)skō- How to pronounce atamasco lily (audio)
: any of a genus (Zephyranthes) of American bulbous herbs of the amaryllis family with pink, white, or yellowish flowers
especially : one (Z. atamasco) of the southeastern U.S. with white flowers usually tinged with purple

Word History

Etymology

Virginia Algonquian attamusco

First Known Use

1726, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of atamasco lily was in 1726

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“Atamasco lily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atamasco%20lily. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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