trillium

noun
tril·​li·​um | \ˈtri-lē-əm \

Definition of trillium 

: any of a genus (Trillium) of herbs of the lily family with an erect stem bearing a whorl of three leaves and a solitary typically spring-blooming flower

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Rhododendrons, trilliums and other woodland plants line the walkway through the fir grove. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "See four private estates during the Dunthorpe Garden Tour (photos)," 9 May 2018 More than 2 acres of gardens include vast swathes of shade-loving plants like hostas and trilliums and a liberal sprinkling of flowering woody shrubs like lilacs and rhododendrons. Patricia Harris And David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018 TRILLIUM WEEK New England Wild Flower Society celebrates the beauty of 21 species of trillium during its third annual Trillium Week, May 6 to 12, at Garden in the Woods in Framingham. Nancy Shohet West, BostonGlobe.com, "Know your local farms," 26 Apr. 2018 There's a fern garden, and cyclamen, narcissus, erythronium and trillium bring more color to the scene. Homes & Gardens Of The Northwest Staff, OregonLive.com, "Visit the Smith Garden's blooming rhodies and azaleas (photos)," 30 Mar. 2018 The Ritchey Canyon Trail follows Ritchey Creek and will impress you with trilliums and orchids as well as the big trees. Peter Fish, San Francisco Chronicle, "The 5 best hikes in Napa for wine lovers," 21 Feb. 2018 This year, the Huntsville Botanical Garden was certified through the North American Plant Conservation Consortium to have the largest trillium collection in the country. Special To Al.com, AL.com, "Alabama tourism 'Professional of the Year' shines light on volunteers," 22 Oct. 2017 After a 1-mile hike through a hardwood forest filled with trilliums in the summer, visitors reach an observation platform at the top of the falls. Mark Spezia, Detroit Free Press, "Ultimate Michigan summer sports bucket list: 50 activities you must try," 18 June 2017 The forest floor was alive with bursts of wildflowers: purple wild geraniums and violet shooting stars and red trilliums. Patrick M. O'connell, chicagotribune.com, "Restoration of Illinois' oak savannas tries to reach new heights," 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of trillium

circa 1760, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trillium

New Latin, from Swedish trilling triplet; from its three leaves

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trillium

noun
tril·​li·​um | \ˈtri-lē-əm \

Kids Definition of trillium

: a plant related to the lilies that has three leaves and a single flower with three petals and that blooms in the spring

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