One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of the lily family that has backward-curving pointed petals.
Genus Erythronium, family Liliaceae: several species, in particular the trout lily of North America and the Eurasian E. dens-canis, with speckled leaves and pinkish-purple flowers
- ‘As spring moves up the mountains you will find Pasque flowers, dogtooth violets and arnica's among the earliest.’
- ‘To the West was Egandale, where the dogtooth violets grew in abundance and where boys searched for bird's nests.’
- ‘The top of the hill is literally carpeted with dogtooth violets, and you'll find Dutchman's breeches, wild geranium, bloodroot, mayapple, bluebells and a wide variety of others.’
- ‘The maiden-hair ferns caressed her as she walked by them, and the dogtooth violets seemed to beg her to pick them.’
- ‘Here grew the dogtooth violet, early saxifrage and many other wildflowers.’
dogtooth violet/ˈdôɡˌto͞oTH ˈvī(ə)lət/
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