Definition of mariposa tulip in English:

mariposa tulip

(also mariposa lily)


  • A North American lily with large brightly coloured cup-shaped flowers.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Areas once graced by desert mariposa tulip, Rocky Mountain bee plant, prickly poppy and evening primrose were invaded by the hostile horehound.’


Mid 19th century: mariposa from Spanish, literally butterfly.


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