- any lily of the genus Calochortus, of the western U.S. and Mexico, having tuliplike flowers of various colors.
Origin of mariposa lily
1880–85, Americanism; < Spanish mariposa butterfly, moth; so named because blooms were likened to butterflies
Also called mar·i·po·sa, mariposa tulip.
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Yes, an' got in a poker game at Mariposa, and didn't get back for four days.Shadows of Shasta
This is as true of the Mariposa big tree region as of the valley.Our Italy
Charles Dudley Warner
Mariposa was the first to recover the use of her tongue and limbs.When Grandmamma Was New
Was it a possibility that Marcia, Marcia, might be the heiress of the great Mariposa estate?
The Mariposa drew her brows together in a little puzzled frown.
- 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
C19: from Spanish: butterfly; from the likeness of the blooms to butterflies