- any of several bulbous plants of the genus Colchicum, of the lily family, especially C. autumnale, bearing showy, crocuslike white, pink, or purple flowers in autumn.
Origin of autumn crocus
First recorded in 1905–10
Also called meadow saffron; British, naked ladies.
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- a liliaceous plant, Colchicum autumnale, of Europe and N Africa having pink or purplish autumn flowersAlso called: meadow saffron Compare saffron
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