the cuckoopint.
any of various plants belonging to the genus Trillium, native to eastern North America, of the lily family, as T. erectum, having rank-smelling purple, yellow, or white flowers.

Origin of wake-robin

First recorded in 1520–30
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Historical Examples of wake-robin

  • Mr. John Burroughs says his sign is the wake-robin, or trillium.

    The Spring of the Year

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • It was published in 1867, preceding "Wake-Robin" by four years.

  • In shady places the ferns were unfolding in company with Solomon's-seal, wake-robin, the lady's-slipper, and the painted trillium.

  • Fresh green heads of bosky ferns and wake-robin were pushing up through the old mats of last year's foliage.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • Mr. Burroughs, in Wake-Robin, mentions having found two nests, and gives us to understand that he saw only the female birds.

    The Foot-path Way

    Bradford Torrey

British Dictionary definitions for wake-robin



any of various North American herbaceous plants of the genus Trillium, such as T. grandiflorum, having a whorl of three leaves and three-petalled solitary flowers: family Trilliaceae
US any of various aroid plants, esp the cuckoopint
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