One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1US a white-flowered bulbous plant, Nothoscordum bivalve (family Amaryllidaceae), of the south-eastern United States (rare).
2Any of several lichens of the genus Cladonia, having cup or goblet-shaped fruiting bodies, especially the widespread C. pyxidata; also in plural.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science.
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