from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A small genus of hardy bulbous plants of the family Liliaceæ; the genus includes 4 species which are natives of Crete and Asia Minor (Mt. Tarsus).
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Things in bloom today: primroses that is primula vulgaris, the pale yellow English primrose, primula wanda, anemone blanda, chionodoxa, squill, daffodils, hyacinth, and the very first forget-me-nots.
Kew, however, has put both the plants and names to their proper belongings, and we are no longer puzzled with a chionodoxa under the name of _Puschkinia_.
I also love the fritillaria–I’m starting to suspect that either a) the groundhog ate it or b) the bulbs that were supposed to be fritillaria are instead chionodoxa as I don’t have it blooming.