trout lily

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trout lily


[Probably from its speckled leaves.]
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dog′tooth vi′olet


n.
any of several small lilies of the genus Erythronium, having two mottled leaves and a nodding yellow or purplish flower, esp. E. americanum.
Also called fawn lily, trout lily.
[1620–30]
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Noun1.trout lily - eastern North American dogtooth having solitary yellow flowers marked with brown or purple and spotted interiorstrout lily - eastern North American dogtooth having solitary yellow flowers marked with brown or purple and spotted interiors
dog's-tooth violet, dogtooth, dogtooth violet - perennial woodland spring-flowering plant; widely cultivated
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Barwick lives on a farm owned by her family for generations with a woodland that has never been pastured, that naturally grows wildflowers, including Blue Bells, Columbine, Dutchman Britches, Trillium, Wake Robin, Yellow Violets, and Trout Lilies to name a few.
This is one of the sturdiest and easiest of the trout lilies, so called because of the marbling on its leaves.
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