capitalized : a small genus of chiefly North American herbs (family Liliaceae) having a corm from which arise a pair of usually mottled basal leaves and one or more scapose flowers
plural -s : any plant of the genus Erythronium

Word History


New Latin, from Greek erythronion, a kind of plant, from erythros red

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“Erythronium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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