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2 definitions found
 for Mariposa lily
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mariposa lily \Ma`ri*po"sa lil`y\ [Sp. mariposa a butterfly + E.
     lily. So called from the gay appearance of the blossoms.]
     (Bot.)
     One of a genus ({Calochortus) of tuliplike bulbous herbs
     with large, and often gaycolored, blossoms. Called also
     butterfly lily. Most of them are natives of California.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mariposa lily
      n 1: any of several plants of the genus Calochortus having
           tulip-shaped flowers with 3 sepals and 3 petals;
           southwestern United States and Mexico [syn: mariposa,
           mariposa tulip, mariposa lily]

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