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tiger lily

  1. a lily, Lilium lancifolium (or tigrinum), having dull-orange flowers spotted with black and small bulbs or bulbils in the axils of the leaves.
  2. any lily, especially L. pardalinum, of similar coloration.
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Origin of tiger lily

First recorded in 1815–25
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Historical Examples of tiger lily

  • He answers, "Tiger-lily" and then Lily presents him with a flower.

    Breakfasts and Teas

    Paul Pierce

  • Let the children see a tiger-lily, or a picture of one, if possible.

  • The black mole on her throat was just like the mark on a tiger-lily leaf.

    Shadows of Flames

    Amelie Rives

  • As well as you can,” said the Tiger-lily, “and a great deal louder.

  • He was a dreamy, romantic, fine-grained lad, proud as a tiger-lily and sensitive as a blue-bell.

British Dictionary definitions for tiger lily

tiger lily

  1. a lily plant, Lilium tigrinum, of China and Japan, cultivated for its flowers, which have black-spotted orange reflexed petals
  2. any of various similar lilies
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