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[krahy-nuh m] /ˈkraɪ nəm/
any of the tropical and subtropical bulbous plants constituting the genus Crinum, of the amaryllis family, usually having umbels of large, showy flowers.
Origin of crinum
< New Latin < Greek krínon lily Unabridged
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  • crinum Amnum, new and very beautiful, white-striped crimson.

    Talks about Flowers. M. D. Wellcome
  • This is a million times the actual rate of growth of the crinum bud.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • The normal rate of growth of the bud of crinum was 0.35  per second.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • Under this head may also be mentioned the fleshy bulbils that are found in the capsules of crinum, Amaryllis, and Agave.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • There,” said the mother of the Enchantress, pointing to a handsome lily, “is a specimen of crinum Asiaticum.

  • I, therefore, employed the slower growing flower bud of crinum.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • Two electrodes were applied, one above and the other below the growing region of a bud of crinum.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • Here also a species of crinum (the “papau” of the natives) and the Tacca pinnatifida (“mamago”) may be usually found.

    The Solomon Islands and Their Natives

    H. B. (Henry Brougham) Guppy
British Dictionary definitions for crinum


any plant of the mostly tropical amaryllidaceous genus Crinum, having straplike leaves and clusters of lily-like flowers Also called crinum lily
Word Origin
Latin: lily, from Greek krinon
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