Also called adder's-tongue, trout lily. any of several North American lilies of the genus Erythronium, having nodding flowers and usually mottled leaves.
a related Old World plant, E. dens-canis, having purplish flowers.
Origin of dogtooth violet
First recorded in 1620–30
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British Dictionary definitions for dogtooth violet
a name for various plants of the liliaceous genus Erythronium, esp the North American E. americanum, with yellow nodding flowers, or the European E. dens-canis, with purple flowersAlso called: adders-tongue, fawn lily
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