tiger lily

noun

: 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

Illustration of tiger lily

Illustration of tiger lily

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Honeysuckle is a symbol of passionate love, and tiger lily represents confidence and pride. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 29 Mar. 2020 Honeysuckle is a symbol of passionate love, and tiger lily represents confidence and pride. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 29 Mar. 2020 Honeysuckle is a symbol of passionate love, and tiger lily represents confidence and pride. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 29 Mar. 2020 Honeysuckle is a symbol of passionate love, and tiger lily represents confidence and pride. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 29 Mar. 2020 Honeysuckle is a symbol of passionate love, and tiger lily represents confidence and pride. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 29 Mar. 2020 The taller plant with the strappier leaves is more than likely a tiger lily — a taller, orange-flowering plant. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, 29 May 2021 See More

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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 7 Feb. 2023.

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tiger lily

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

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