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mar·i·po·sa lily(măr′ə-pō′zə, -sə)
Any of several bulbous plants of the genus Calochortus of western North America, having variously colored, tuliplike flowers. Also called mariposa tulip.
[Probably from American Spanish mariposa, from Spanish, butterfly, from María pósate, Mary alight!, María, Mary + pósate, second person sing. reflexive imperative of posar, to perch (from Late Latin pausāre, to pause, from Latin pausa, pause).]
mar•i•po′sa lil`y(ˌmær əˈpoʊ sə, -zə)
any lily of the genus Calochortus, of the western U.S. and Mexico, having showy tuliplike flowers.
[1880–85, Amer.; < Sp mariposa butterfly, moth]
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|Noun||1.||mariposa lily - any of several plants of the genus Calochortus having tulip-shaped flowers with 3 sepals and 3 petals; southwestern United States and Mexico|
liliaceous plant - plant growing from a bulb or corm or rhizome or tuber
Calochortus elegans, elegant cat's ears, star tulip - small plant with slender bent stems bearing branched clusters of a few white star-shaped flowers with petals shaped like cat's ears; southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon to Montana
Calochortus kennedyi, desert mariposa tulip - mariposa with clusters of bell-shaped vermilion or orange or yellow flowers atop short stems; southern California to Arizona and Mexico
Calochortus luteus, yellow mariposa tulip - mariposa having clusters of a few large deep yellow bell-shaped flowers atop slender stems; California coastal ranges