from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A western North American corm-producing plant (Erythronium grandiflorum) in the lily family, having white or golden-yellow flowers with red anthers.
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- n. perennial herb having large white flowers marked with orange; found near the snow line in the northwestern United States
So called because it grows near the snow line and blooms when the snow begins to melt.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)