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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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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