from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various bulbous plants of the genus Fritillaria, having nodding, variously colored, often spotted or checkered flowers.
- n. Any of various butterflies of the family Nymphalidae, especially of the genera Speyeria and Boloria, having brownish wings marked with black or silvery spots on the underside.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several bulbous perennial plants, of the genus Fritillaria, having flowers with a spotted or chequered pattern.
- n. Any of several butterflies, of the family Nymphalidae, having wings with black or silvery spots.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plant with checkered petals, of the genus Fritillaria: the Guinea-hen flower. See fritillaria.
- n. One of several species of butterflies belonging to Argynnis and allied genera; -- so called because the coloring of their wings resembles that of the common Fritillaria. See Aphrodite.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The popular name of plants of the genus Fritillaria.
- n. The popular name of several species of British butterflies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. butterfly with brownish wings marked with black and silver
- n. any liliaceous plant of the genus Fritillaria having nodding variously colored flowers
New Latin Fritillāria, genus name, from Latin fritillus, dice-box.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fritillus ("dice-box"). (Wiktionary)