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trillium

[ tril-ee-uhm ]
/ ˈtrɪl i əm /
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noun
any of several plants belonging to the genus Trillium, of the lily family, having a whorl of three leaves from the center of which rises a solitary, three-petalled flower.
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Origin of trillium

<New Latin (Linnaeus), apparently alteration of Swedish trilling triplet, alluding to the foliation
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British Dictionary definitions for trillium

trillium
/ (ˈtrɪljəm) /

noun
any herbaceous plant of the genus Trillium, of Asia and North America, having a whorl of three leaves at the top of the stem with a single central white, pink, or purple three-petalled flower: family Trilliaceae

Word Origin for trillium

C18: from New Latin, modification by Linnaeus of Swedish trilling triplet
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