tiger lily


Definition of 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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Recent Examples on the Web It is also called tiger lily, tawny lily or ditch lily. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Don't plant these 10 invasive species in your yard: tiger lilies, burning bush and more," 7 May 2020 Northwest Plant Plant summer/fall-blooming bulbs like blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium), tiger flower (Tigridia pavonia), tiger lily (Lilium lancifolium), and pineapple lily (Eucomis spp.). Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Your Ultimate Spring Gardening To-Do List for March and April," 16 Mar. 2020 Honeysuckle is a symbol of passionate love, and tiger lily represents confidence and pride. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Check Your Floroscope—Here’s the Perfect Flower for Every Astrology Sign," 5 Mar. 2020 One of them, dating to 1997, pictures a young woman suspended from a roof beam, her expression glacial, her hair swept into the geisha’s chignon known as the shimada, her pudenda only partly covered by a blooming tiger lily. Jason Farago, New York Times, "A Maverick of Japanese Photography, Bound Tight to Ritual," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of tiger lily

1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Tiger lily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiger%20lily. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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