Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The succulent edible bulb of the sego lily.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A perennial bulb lily found in Western North America, the Calochortus nuttallii, which has trumpet-shaped flowers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A liliaceous plant (Calochortus Nuttallii) of Western North America, and its edible bulb; -- so called by the Ute Indians and the Mormons.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A showy flowered plant, Calochortus Nuttallii, widely distributed in the western United States.

Etymologies

Southern Paiute sigho'o.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ute siγoʔo. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was the "sego" of the Indians (_Calochortus luteus_), and they knew that at its roots grew tubers, as large as filberts, and delicious eating when cooked.

    The Boy Hunters

  • Edible Chenopodium, Indian ricegrass, sego lily roots, yucca, biscuit-root, bloodroot and many other nutritious and medicinal plants still grow here.27 The soil, though alkaline as short-grass soils are, has been enriched by centuries of river and creek silt deposition.

    Bird Cloud

  • One May we were astounded to find a large draw on the top of the property crammed with thousands of sego lilies whose starchy tubers were prized by the Indians.

    Bird Cloud

  • Once in the car with Sister Cora, I stared out the window at the landscape, the patches of sego lilies, the pale pink and white yucca flowers amid the scrub brush and wild sage.

    Keep Sweet

  • You were drinking ale as I-- "" Gracias, but not yet, sego rita

    Kahen no Ame

  • "That didn't do him a hell of a lot of good, sego rita Now, pot favor, tell me why you came here."

    Kahen no Ame

  • Like waterleaf, sego lily, and some pea that I'm sure must be considered a weed.

    grouse Diary Entry

  • The prime area to see flowers like sego lilies and larkspur this year will shift from highway 24 to the park itself, in the Strike Valley, and the canyons of the Waterpocket Fold for paintbrush and daisies.

    Deserts in Bloom

  • The French have been watching sego-lène Royal's irresistible political rise with a combination of rapture and disbelief, if not downright wonder.

    Royal Touch

  • A sego lily, taken last year on the return leg of my eastern breeding bird survey route.

    grouse Diary Entry

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