- 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
Examples from the Web for trillium
Historical Examples of trillium
Mr. John Burroughs says his sign is the wake-robin, or trillium.The Spring of the Year
Dallas Lore Sharp
Many of these names are applied also to other species of Trillium.Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants
A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
"All of the same everlasting old pattern," grumbled a trillium.A Round Dozen
I plucked my first dandelion on a meadow slope on the 23d, and in the woods, protected by a high ledge, my first trillium.A Year in the Fields
Hepaticas nearly always grow on the same slope, but they come into blossom about two days later than the trillium.Some Spring Days in Iowa
Frederick John Lazell
- 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
1768, from Modern Latin trillium (Linnaeus, 1753), from Latin tri- "three" (see three). So called for its leaves.