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.
Origin of trillium New Latin (Linnaeus), apparently alteration of Swedish trilling triplet, alluding to the foliation Dictionary.com 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.
Dallas Lore Sharp
Many of these names are applied also to other species of Trillium.
A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
“All of the same everlasting old pattern,” grumbled a trillium.
I plucked my first dandelion on a meadow slope on the 23d, and in the woods, protected by a high ledge, my first trillium.
Hepaticas nearly always grow on the same slope, but they come into blossom about two days later than the trillium.
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). So called for its leaves.
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