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calochortus

[kal-uh-kawr-tuh s]
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noun, plural cal·o·chor·tus·es.
  1. any plant of the genus Calochortus, of the lily family, as the mariposa lily and the sego lily.
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Origin of calochortus

1813; < New Latin < Greek kal(ós) beautiful + -o- -o- + chórtos grass, fodder, orig. farmyard; see cohort, garth, yard2
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  • This plant belongs to the section of Calochortus whose species are known as "star-tulips."

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