dogtooth violet


: any of a genus (Erythronium) of small spring-flowering bulbous herbs of the lily family

Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dogtooth violet was in 1597

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“Dogtooth violet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

dogtooth violet

dog·​tooth violet
: any of a genus of wild herbs that are related to the lilies, grow from bulbs, and produce flowers in the spring

called also adder's-tongue

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