Definition of superb lily in English:

superb lily


  • 1Any of several lilies of the genus Gloriosa (formerly Methonica), native to tropical regions of the Old World; especially G. superba, with a scrambling growth habit and flowers with long reflexed petals, typically orange or red and yellow (now rare).

  • 2(Chiefly North American) the Turk's-cap lily of North America, Lilium superbum.


Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Philip Miller (1691–1771), horticulturist and writer.