- 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
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Examples from the Web for tiger lily
He answers, "Tiger-lily" and then Lily presents him with a flower.Breakfasts and Teas
Let the children see a tiger-lily, or a picture of one, if possible.
The black mole on her throat was just like the mark on a tiger-lily leaf.Shadows of Flames
As well as you can,” said the Tiger-lily, “and a great deal louder.Lewis Carroll in Wonderland and at Home
He was a dreamy, romantic, fine-grained lad, proud as a tiger-lily and sensitive as a blue-bell.The Ape, the Idiot & Other People
W. C. Morrow
- 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
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