Definition of mariposa lily in English:

mariposa lily

Syllabification: mar·i·po·sa lil·y
Pronunciation: /ˌmarəˈpōsə, -ˈpōzə
(also mariposa tulip)


  • A plant of the lily family, with brightly colored cup-shaped flowers, native to Mexico and the western US. Closely related to the sego.
    • Genus Calochortus, family Liliaceae: several species
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    • Areas once graced by desert mariposa tulip, Rocky Mountain bee plant, prickly poppy and evening primrose were invaded by the hostile horehound.
    • Other wildflowers interspersed among the grasses are tidy tips, red maids, Indian paintbrush, owl's clover, shooting-star, larkspur, golden star, mariposa lily, and johnny-jump-up.
    • A stand of yellow mariposa lilies explodes below, while white Pieris butterflies flit just out of reach.


mid 19th century: mariposa from Spanish, literally 'butterfly'.

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