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

  • n. See trillium.
  • n. Any of various North American aroid plants that bloom early in the spring.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any plant of the genus Arum, especially, in England, the cuckoopint (Arum maculatum).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Great Britain, the cuckoo-pint, Arum maculatum. The name is extended also to the whole genus.
  • n. In the United States, a plant of the genus Trillium; birth-root, or three-leaved nightshade.

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

  • n. common American spring-flowering woodland herb having sheathing leaves and an upright club-shaped spadix with overarching green and purple spathe producing scarlet berries
  • 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


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  • A meal of grubs and peppery wake-robin roots left him happy, but still he rambled on, following his nose and alert for any new adventure.

    Followers of the Trail

  • Here he came upon evidences of a meal which the rival had made upon wake-robin roots.

    Followers of the Trail

  • In quaint sage-green draperies, she seemed a flower, with her small vivid face irresistibly reminding Saxon of a springtime wake-robin.

    Chapter 17

  • Finally we come to where there is less grass but more dead leaves and leaf mould, and here is the first real herbaceous flower of this spring, the dwarf white trillium, or wake-robin.

    Some Spring Days in Iowa

  • At the same time, perhaps a day or two earlier, the white oblong petals of the dwarf trillium, or wake-robin, will gleam in the rich woods.

    Some Winter Days in Iowa

  • "Shall we take up this wake-robin?" asked Ethel Blue.

    Ethel Morton's Enterprise

  • You will know where to find the yellow violet, and the wake-robin, and the pink lady-slipper, and the scarlet sage, and the fringed gentian.

    The Blue Flower

  • On the three-leaved table which once carried the gay flower of the wake-robin, there was a scarlet lump like

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  • The sensitive plant trembles and shrinks at the slightest touch; in certain hours of well-being the wake-robin is warm, the carnation is phosphorescent, the valisnérie descends to the bottom of the waters, to propagate its kind.

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  • Fresh green heads of bosky ferns and wake-robin were pushing up through the old mats of last year's foliage.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's


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