sego lily


se·​go lily ˈsē-(ˌ)gō- How to pronounce sego lily (audio)
: a mariposa lily (Calochortus nuttallii) of western North America having mostly white or in some areas mostly yellow flowers mottled with a darker color

Illustration of sego lily

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Examples of sego lily in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gone are the spears, the twin American flags, the bald eagle clutching a white crest, the beehive, the sego lilies. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2023 The sego lily is Utah's state flower. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2023 The initiative’s website lists similar themes and symbols found in all the designs: such as pioneers, Beehive, national parks, Great Salt Lake, sego lily and Delicate Arch. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Sep. 2022 Meinking’s original design featured a white sego lily flower on a blue triangular background, while Kennedy-Yoon’s design featured a hexagonal honeybee on a white and blue background. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Sep. 2020

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Word History


sego the bulb of the sego lily, from Southern Paiute siγoʔo

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sego lily was in 1913

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“Sego lily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

sego lily

: a western North American herb related to the lilies and having usually white flowers with purplish or yellow markings

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