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.
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Origin of autumn crocus
First recorded in 1905–10
Also called meadow saffron; British, naked ladies.
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