wild lily of the valley


a low-growing woodland plant, Maianthemum canadense, of the lily family, native to northeastern North America, having a cluster of small white flowers.

Nearby words

  1. wild hyacinth,
  2. wild hydrangea,
  3. wild indigo,
  4. wild irishman,
  5. wild lettuce,
  6. wild liquorice,
  7. wild madder,
  8. wild man,
  9. wild mandrake,
  10. wild monkshood

Origin of wild lily of the valley

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30

Also called Canada mayflower, false lily of the valley.

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