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false lily of the valley

wild lily of the valley

noun
1.
a low-growing woodland plant, Maianthemum canadense, of the lily family, native to northeastern North America, having a cluster of small white flowers.
Also called Canada mayflower, false lily of the valley.
Origin of wild lily of the valley
1820-1830
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30
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