any of several white-flowered lilies that are artificially brought into bloom in early spring, especially Lilium longiflorum eximium, native to Taiwan and widely cultivated.
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Why is Easter Island named “Easter”?
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Origin of Easter lily
First recorded in 1875–80
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She was as pallid as an Easter-lily; pallid, despite the fact that she had decided, and had nerved herself for his coming.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
any of various lilies, esp Lilium longiflorum, that have large showy white flowers
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