One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of several bulbous perennial plants of the genus Scilla (family Asparagaceae) which bloom in early spring and are cultivated for their blue stellate flowers, especially S. amoena.
2An autumnal flowering plant Prospero autumnale (family Asparagaceae) native to the Mediterranean and Great Britain, having blue or purple stellate flowers.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Ray (1627–1705), naturalist and theologian.
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