crown imperial

  1. an Iranian plant, Fritillaria imperialis, of the lily family, having a purple-spotted stem and a whorl of usually reddish-orange flowers hanging beneath a tuft of leaves, grown as an ornamental.

Origin of crown imperial

First recorded in 1535–45

Words Nearby crown imperial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use crown imperial in a sentence

  • Father Souciet laboured to prove it ought to be the crown imperial, a plant common in Persia.

  • I'd a letter the other day, my dear, to describe a white crown imperial—a thing that has never been!

  • Then shall the crown imperial tell its tale to you, and see what lesson we can learn from it?

    Parables from Flowers | Gertrude P. Dyer
  • I wrote to you, wired to you at a place called crown imperial.

    Old Mole | Gilbert Cannan
  • In my mention of early-blooming perennials I had forgotten the crown imperial.

    A Garden with House Attached | Sarah Warner Brooks

British Dictionary definitions for crown imperial

crown imperial

  1. a liliaceous garden plant, Fritillaria imperialis, with a cluster of leaves and orange bell-shaped flowers at the top of the stem

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