regal lily

re·​gal lily | \ ˈrēgəl- \
variants: or less commonly regale lily \ rə̇ˈgālē-​ \

Definition of regal lily

: a widely cultivated garden lily (Lilium regale) of western China grown for its showy flowers that are white and yellow inside but streaked or flushed with pink or light lilac purple on the outer surface of the petals

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History and Etymology for regal lily

regal lily from regal entry 2 + lily; regale lily from New Latin regale (specific epithet of Lilium regale) (from Latin, neuter of regalis royal, regal) + English lily

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“Regal lily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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