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martagon lily

  1. a Eurasian lily plant, Lilium martagon, cultivated for its mottled purplish-red flowers with reflexed petalsAlso called: Turk's-cap lily
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Word Origin

C15: from French, from Turkish martagān a type of turban
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Historical Examples

  • Gerarde mentions its use by alchemists, who called it Martagon.

    How to Know the Ferns

    Frances Theodora Parsons

  • Martagon lilies, for instance, are common, though how long they will remain so I cannot say.


    Frank Fox

  • The natives eat extensively the bulbs of the Martagon lily, and weave cloth out of the fibres of the Kamchatka nettle.

  • Marhan, a lovely hybrid between the white-flowered Martagon and Hansoni.

  • Both the Martagon and the Pyrenean Lily have been found, but there is no doubt they are garden escapes.