mariposa

/ (ˌmærɪˈpəʊzə, -sə) /

noun

any of several liliaceous plants of the genus Calochortus, of the southwestern US and Mexico, having brightly coloured tulip-like flowersAlso called: mariposa lily, mariposa tulip

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Word Origin for mariposa

C19: from Spanish: butterfly; from the likeness of the blooms to butterflies
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