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tiger lily

a lily, Lilium lancifolium (or tigrinum), having dull-orange flowers spotted with black and small bulbs or bulbils in the axils of the leaves.
any lily, especially L. pardalinum, of similar coloration.
Origin of tiger lily
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "It's gun-bangs—specially—that tiger lily is afraid of," I explained.

    Fairy Prince and Other Stories Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • It's mice, he wants me to tell you, that tiger lily is very fierce about.

    Fairy Prince and Other Stories Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • Familiar examples occur in the tiger lily and in “top” onions.

    The Nursery Book Liberty Hyde Bailey
  • There was a tiger lily in the center, surrounded by pink sweet-peas.

    The Cinder Pond Carroll Watson Rankin
  • The model gown supplied by a famous dressmaker had been entitled "A tiger lily."

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • In this mouldy old house Katy waxed plump and pert and wholesome and as beautiful and freckled as a tiger lily.

  • It is more grotesque than beautiful, but was beloved in a day that deemed the tiger lily the most beautiful of all lilies.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • "Edison record," the huge tin horn painted like a tiger lily bragged in a cracked barytone.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
British Dictionary definitions for tiger lily

tiger lily

a lily plant, Lilium tigrinum, of China and Japan, cultivated for its flowers, which have black-spotted orange reflexed petals
any of various similar lilies
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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