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mariposa lily

[ mar-uh-poh-suh, -zuh ]
/ ˌmær əˈpoʊ sə, -zə /
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noun

any lily of the genus Calochortus, of the western U.S. and Mexico, having tuliplike flowers of various colors.

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Also called mar·i·po·sa, mariposa tulip.

Origin of mariposa lily

1880–85, Americanism;<Spanish mariposa butterfly, moth; so named because blooms were likened to butterflies
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