corn lily


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. corn flour,
  2. corn gluten,
  3. corn grits,
  4. corn law,
  5. corn laws,
  6. corn liquor,
  7. corn marigold,
  8. corn meal,
  9. corn muffin,
  10. corn oil

Origin of corn lily

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50

Also called bluebead.

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British Dictionary definitions for corn lily

corn lily

noun

any of several South African iridaceous plants of the genus Ixia, which have coloured lily-like flowers
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