tiger lily


: a common Asian garden lily (Lilium lancifolium synonym L. tigrinum) that has nodding orange-colored flowers densely spotted with black and alternate leaves with black bulblets in the leaf axils
also : any of various lilies with similar flowers

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Examples of tiger lily in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lily species: Many species of lilies, including Easter lilies, tiger lilies and daylilies, are toxic to dogs and can cause kidney failure if ingested. Tiffany Acosta, The Arizona Republic, 5 June 2024 And if that weren't impressive enough, Viktor & Rolf have created several delectable spinoffs, the newest being this fruity yet sensual mix (of creamy coconut milk, tiger lily and mango) that's ripe for springtime — and summer, too. Jackie Fields, Peoplemag, 9 May 2024 Splashes of orange, red, purple, and yellow benefit from diverse soil that yields species like lupine, Giant Indian Paintbrush, Sierra tiger lily, crimson columbine, and skyrocket, among others. Krista Simmons and J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 8 Mar. 2024 On the ride, Amtrak shared, travelers can see an abundance of varied blooms, including fields of California poppies, wild irises, and tiger lilies. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 18 Mar. 2023 The large white flowers of the dogwood tree will begin to bloom in April at Palomar Mountain State Park, along with baby blue eyes, tiger lilies, lupine and monkey flowers. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2023 Honeysuckle and this fiery-orange tiger lily even have recurved petals, reminiscent of ram’s horns. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 29 Mar. 2020 The name Tigerlily refers to the tiger lily flower that, according to a news release, once grew wild in the area. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 10 Aug. 2022 Sierra tiger lily, crimson columbine, and skyrocket, among others. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 26 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tiger lily was in 1824

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“Tiger lily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiger%20lily. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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tiger lily

: an Asian garden lily that has nodding usually orange-colored flowers spotted with black

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