from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Either of two small western North American plants (Erythronium grandiflorum or E. montanum) in the lily family, having delicate golden-yellow or white flowers.
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- noun perennial herb having large white flowers marked with orange; found near the snow line in the northwestern United States
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
So called because it grows near the snow line and blooms when the snow begins to melt.
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