One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of several fritillaries of western North America which have brown or purplish-brown flowers, especially Fritillaria biflora and F. affinis.
2Any of several Australian herbaceous plants of the genus Arthropodium (formerly Dichopogon) (family Asparagaceae), especially A. strictum, having chocolate-scented blue or violet flowers.
Late 19th century.
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