from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several bulbous plants of the genus Calochortus of western North America, having variously colored, tuliplike flowers. Also called mariposa tulip.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One of several species of a genus (Calochortus) that grow in dry grasslands and semideserts, tulip-like bulbous herbs with large and often brightly colored blossoms.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- One of a genus (Calochortus) of tuliplike bulbous herbs with large, and often gaycolored, blossoms. Called also butterfly lily. Most of them are natives of California.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Calochortus. Also called butterfly-tulip.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several plants of the genus Calochortus having tulip-shaped flowers with 3 sepals and 3 petals; southwestern United States and Mexico
Probably from American Spanish mariposa, from Spanish, butterfly, from María pósate, Mary alight!, María, Mary + pósate, second person sing. reflexive imperative of posar, to perch (from Late Latin pausāre, to pause, from Latin pausa, pause).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish mariposa ("butterfly") + lily. So called from the gay appearance of the blossoms. (Wiktionary)