trillium

[ tril-ee-uh m ]
/ ˈtrɪl i əm /

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.

Origin of trillium

< New Latin (Linnaeus), apparently alteration of Swedish trilling triplet, alluding to the foliation
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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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