Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Trillium, of North America, the Himalaya Mountains, and eastern Asia, usually having a cluster of three leaves and a variously colored, three-petaled flower. Also called birthroot, wake-robin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several perennial flowering plants, of the genus Trillium, having flowers with three petals

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of liliaceous plants; the three-leaved nightshade; -- so called because all the parts of the plant are in threes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of liliaceous plants, of the tribe Medeoleæ.
  • n. A plant of the above genus.

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

  • n. any liliaceous plant of the genus Trillium having a whorl of three leaves at the top of the stem with a single three-petaled flower

Etymologies

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

New Latin Trillium, genus name, probably from Swedish trilling, triplet (from its three leaves), from obsolete Swedish tri, three, from Old Swedish thrīr.

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  • See also: trillium flexipes: "nodding wakerobin" is such a good name!

    November 27, 2009