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[krahy-nuh m]
  1. any of the tropical and subtropical bulbous plants constituting the genus Crinum, of the amaryllis family, usually having umbels of large, showy flowers.
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Origin of crinum

< New Latin < Greek krínon lily
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Historical Examples of crinum

  • Crinum Amnum, new and very beautiful, white-striped crimson.

    Talks about Flowers.

    M. D. Wellcome

  • This is a million times the actual rate of growth of the Crinum bud.

    Life Movements in Plants

    Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose

  • The normal rate of growth of the bud of Crinum was 0.35  per second.

    Life Movements in Plants

    Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose

  • Under this head may also be mentioned the fleshy bulbils that are found in the capsules of Crinum, Amaryllis, and Agave.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • There,” said the mother of the Enchantress, pointing to a handsome lily, “is a specimen of Crinum Asiaticum.

British Dictionary definitions for crinum


  1. any plant of the mostly tropical amaryllidaceous genus Crinum, having straplike leaves and clusters of lily-like flowersAlso called: crinum lily
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Word Origin for crinum

Latin: lily, from Greek krinon
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