One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant with a solitary three-petaled flower above a whorl of three leaves, native to North American and Asia.
Genus Trillium, family Liliaceae (or Trilliaceae): several species, in particular red (or purple) trillium (T. erectum)
- ‘The trillium, for instance, is a native plant often seen for sale.’
- ‘Underneath are Himalayan poppies Meconopsis, primulas and trilliums, many of them also collected from the wild.’
- ‘It was a tiny humming bird; he was sampling the vintages from a clump of daffodils, foxglove, trillium, and lady's slipper.’
- ‘Another notable treat you will find in the park is a spectacular array of wild flowers like the trillium, bloodroot and liverwort.’
- ‘Under the trees are beloved clumps of hellebores, erythroniums, and trilliums.’
Modern Latin, apparently an alteration of Swedish trilling ‘triplet’.
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