- any of a genus (Fritillaria) of perennial, bulbous plants of the lily family, with nodding, bell-shaped flowersalso frit·il·lar′i·a
- any of certain medium-sized nymphalid butterflies, typically having brownish or orange wings with silver spots on the undersides
Origin of fritillary; from Modern Latin Fritillaria ; from Classical Latin fritillus, dice box: from markings on the petals or wings
- Any of various bulbous plants of the genus Fritillaria of the lily family, having nodding, variously colored, often spotted or checkered flowers.
- Any of various nymphalid butterflies with wings that are orange or brown with black markings on the upper side and often with silver spots on the underside.
Origin of fritillaryNew Latin Fritillaria, genus name, from Latin fritillus, dice-box.
crown imperial fritillary
From Latin fritillus (“dice-box”).