Definition of chincherinchee in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌCHinCHəˈrinCHē/ Pronunciation: /-rinˈCHē/


A white-flowered South African lily.
  • Ornithogalum thyrsoides, family Liliaceae.
Example sentences
  • During the war it became an annual habit to travel to a hill just outside the village to pick chincherinchees or snowdrops as they were known.
  • One of the common names of this flower is chincherinchees.
  • The giant chincherinchee is an attractive, easily cultivated garden plant and produces eye-catching, long-lasting flowers that are very suitable for as cut flowers.


Early 20th century: imitative of the squeaky sound made by rubbing its stalks together.

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Syllabification: chin·che·rin·chee

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