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  1. any liliaceous plant of the genus Fritillaria, comprising bulbous herbs having drooping, bell-shaped flowers.
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Origin of fritillaria

1570–80; < New Latin, name of genus, equivalent to Latin fritill(us) dice box + -āria -ary
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Examples from the Web for fritillaria

Historical Examples

  • The Guinea Hen (Fritillaria meleagris) has been so called from its petals being spotted like this bird.

    Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics

    Richard Folkard

  • The Persian lily, fritillaria Persica, which is nearly related to it, was made known almost about the same time.

  • One of the oddest and most beautiful flowers of our rich woodlands is the brown lily, or Fritillaria.

  • We have a number of species of Fritillaria, most of them with beautiful flowers.

  • Two liliaceous plants in particular, Erythronium grandiflorum and Fritillaria pudica, are marvelously beautiful and abundant.

    Steep Trails

    John Muir