trillium [tril-ee-uh m] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun any of several plants belonging to the genus Trillium, of the lily family, having a whorl of three leaves from the center of which rises a solitary, three-petalled flower.

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  • Origin of trillium New Latin (Linnaeus), apparently alteration of Swedish trilling triplet, alluding to the foliation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for trillium Historical Examples of trillium

  • Mr. John Burroughs says his sign is the wake-robin, or trillium.

    The Spring of the Year

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • Many of these names are applied also to other species of Trillium.

    Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants

    A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding

  • “All of the same everlasting old pattern,” grumbled a trillium.

    A Round Dozen

    Susan Coolidge

  • I plucked my first dandelion on a meadow slope on the 23d, and in the woods, protected by a high ledge, my first trillium.

    A Year in the Fields

    John Burroughs

  • Hepaticas nearly always grow on the same slope, but they come into blossom about two days later than the trillium.

    Some Spring Days in Iowa

    Frederick John Lazell

  • British Dictionary definitions for trillium trillium noun any herbaceous plant of the genus Trillium, of Asia and North America, having a whorl of three leaves at the top of the stem with a single central white, pink, or purple three-petalled flower: family Trilliaceae Word Origin for trillium C18: from New Latin, modification by Linnaeus of Swedish trilling triplet Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for trillium n.

    1768, from Modern Latin trillium (Linnaeus, 1753), from Latin tri- “three” (see three). So called for its leaves.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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