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tiger lily

noun
1.
a lily, Lilium lancifolium (or tigrinum), having dull-orange flowers spotted with black and small bulbs or bulbils in the axils of the leaves.
2.
any lily, especially L. pardalinum, of similar coloration.
Origin of tiger lily
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25
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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

noun
1.
a lily plant, Lilium tigrinum, of China and Japan, cultivated for its flowers, which have black-spotted orange reflexed petals
2.
any of various similar lilies
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