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

  • n. A Eurasian lily (Lilium martagon) usually having pinkish-purple, spotted flowers. Also called Turk's-cap lily.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Eurasian lily.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A lily (Lilium Martagon) with purplish red flowers, found in Europe and Asia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Turk's-cap lily, Lilium Martagon. The bulbs are said to be eaten by the Cossacks.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. lily with small dull purple flowers of northwestern Europe and northwestern Asia


Middle English, from Old French, from Old Spanish, from Ottoman Turkish mārtağān, a kind of turban.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ultimately from Turkish martagan (Wiktionary)



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