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avalanche lily

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noun
either of two plants, Erythronium grandiflorum or E. montanum, of the lily family, of the mountains of northwestern North America, having nodding yellow or white flowers.
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Origin of avalanche lily

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; apparently so called because it is found near the snow line or the edge of glaciers
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