liriope

noun

li·​ri·​ope lə-ˈrī-ə-(ˌ)pē How to pronounce liriope (audio)
: any of a genus (Liriope) of stemless Asian herbs of the lily family that are widely cultivated as ground cover for their grasslike leaves and small white, blue, or violet flowers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Plants with interesting leaves such as Japanese maple, liriope, and clumping bamboo also contribute authenticity to the Zen scene. Savanna Bous, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Aug. 2022 Conventionally, grass is replaced with a wide area of a single ground cover, such as pachysandra, myrtle, or liriope. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 17 July 2022 All types of liriope do eventually spread, some just more rapidly than others. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Jan. 2022 My liriope and its sister, monkeygrass, rarely sneak past it. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Jan. 2022 What is causing the variegation in my liriope to change to all-green leaves? Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Oct. 2021 Mondo grass and liriope are ornamental grasses that work very well as groundcovers in shady landscapes in the San Antonio area. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 25 June 2021 Make a number of new liriope plants for the landscape. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 27 Mar. 2021 In some climates the liriopes and monkey grasses can survive in full sun, but not here is San Antonio, where they should be planted only in shade. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 14 May 2020 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'liriope.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Liriope, a nymph in Roman mythology

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of liriope was in 1946

Dictionary Entries Near liriope

Cite this Entry

“Liriope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liriope. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

More from Merriam-Webster on liriope

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?

PLAY