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A perennial rhizomatous plant with grass-like leaves and a raceme of white, bell-shaped flowers, Paradisea liliastrum (family Asparagaceae), native to alpine regions of southern Europe.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in George London (d. 1714), nurseryman and garden designer. From the genitive of the name of St Bruno of Cologne, founder of the Carthusian Order + lily, after French lis de saint Bruno.
St Bruno's lily/ˌseɪnt ˌbruːnəʊz ˈlɪli/
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