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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. 2017.
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  • Still holding tight to tiger lily's collar he ran for the stairs.

    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
  • It wasn't till almost Autumn that we ever heard from tiger lily or the little boy again.

    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
  • "Edison record," the huge tin horn painted like a tiger lily bragged in a cracked barytone.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • The model gown supplied by a famous dressmaker had been entitled "A tiger lily."

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • "It's gun-bangs—specially—that tiger lily is afraid of," I explained.

    Fairy Prince and Other Stories Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • In this mouldy old house Katy waxed plump and pert and wholesome and as beautiful and freckled as a tiger lily.

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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