- any of several plants of the genus Ixia, of the iris family, native to southern Africa, having spikes of flowers and grown as an ornamental.
- a woodland plant, Clintonia borealis, of the lily family, native to eastern and midwestern North America, having broad leaves, nodding yellowish-green flowers, and dark-blue berries.
Origin of corn lily
An Americanism dating back to 1945–50
Also called bluebead.
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- any of several South African iridaceous plants of the genus Ixia, which have coloured lily-like flowers
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