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mariposa lily

[mar-uh-poh-suh, -zuh] /ˌmær əˈpoʊ sə, -zə/
noun
1.
any lily of the genus Calochortus, of the western U.S. and Mexico, having tuliplike flowers of various colors.
Also called mariposa, mariposa tulip.
Origin of mariposa lily
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; < Spanish mariposa butterfly, moth; so named because blooms were likened to butterflies
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  • Yes, an' got in a poker game at mariposa, and didn't get back for four days.

    Shadows of Shasta Joaquin Miller
  • This is as true of the mariposa big tree region as of the valley.

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  • mariposa was the first to recover the use of her tongue and limbs.

    When Grandmamma Was New Marion Harland
  • Was it a possibility that Marcia, Marcia, might be the heiress of the great mariposa estate?

    The Silver Butterfly Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • I was thinking not only of Miss Oldham, but of the other butterfly lady—the mariposa.

    The Silver Butterfly Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • The mariposa drew her brows together in a little puzzled frown.

    The Silver Butterfly Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • The mariposa turned inquiringly to the group of butterflies.

    The Silver Butterfly Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • Never for one moment, did those eyes waver from the mariposa.

    The Silver Butterfly Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • But Mr. Carrothers, who had more or less, was crazy about the mariposa property.

    The Silver Butterfly Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • The mariposa lily's, perhaps, is the most classic petal in the Park.

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British Dictionary definitions for mariposa

mariposa

/ˌmærɪˈpəʊzə; -sə/
noun
1.
any of several liliaceous plants of the genus Calochortus, of the southwestern US and Mexico, having brightly coloured tulip-like flowers Also called mariposa lily, mariposa tulip
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish: butterfly; from the likeness of the blooms to butterflies
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