n.1.(Bot.) A spring-blooming plant (Fritillaria imperialis) of the Lily family, having at the top of the stalk a cluster of pendent bell-shaped flowers surmounted with a tuft of green leaves.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The beauty of the Dutch gardens in New Amsterdam was reported by an early traveler who cited "white and red roses, stock roses, cornelian roses, eglantine, jenoffelins, gillyflowers, different varieties of fine tulips, crown-imperials, white lilies, anemones, bare-dames, violets, marigolds, summersots, clove trees."