scil·​la | \ ˈsi-lə How to pronounce scilla (audio) , ˈski- \

Definition of scilla

: any of a genus (Scilla) of Old World bulbous herbs of the lily family with narrow basal leaves and purple, blue, or white racemose flowers

Examples of scilla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This flower is similar to scilla, but its blooms are pearly white, often with a faint blue stripe down each petal. Beth Botts,, "The best spring-blooming bulbs to plant under trees this autumn range from daffodils to snowdrops," 23 Aug. 2020 The first flower colors have appeared — the white of snowdrops, the yellow of witch hazel, the electric blue of scilla, the purple of the earliest crocuses. Beth Botts,, "Mind your mulch: Here's how to get your garden ready for the rush of spring," 21 Mar. 2018 The standards here are now scilla, galanthus, tulips, daffodils, muscari and alliums. Jeff Lowenfels, Alaska Dispatch News, "Go forth and plant spring bulbs," 15 Sep. 2017 The scilla will continue to grow come hell or high water or hard freeze. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: It’s time to give my plants a little TLC," 11 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of scilla

1629, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scilla

New Latin, from Latin, squill — more at squill

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29 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

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

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