mariposa lily

mar·​i·​po·​sa lily | \ ˌmer-ə-ˈpō-zə- How to pronounce mariposa lily (audio) , ˌma-rə-, -sə- \

Definition of mariposa lily

: any of a genus (Calochortus) of western North American plants of the lily family with showy flowers having three petals and three sepals

called also mariposa tulip

— compare sego lily

Examples of mariposa lily in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Naturalist Ann Sarg suggests visiting the park to catch blooms in May, when natives like Nelson’s larkspur, nuttall violet, sand lilies, and mariposa lily bloom along paths like the Willow Creek trail. Sunset, "Where to See Wildflowers This Season," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of mariposa lily

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mariposa lily

probably from American Spanish mariposa, from Spanish, butterfly

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The first known use of mariposa lily was in 1882

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“Mariposa lily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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