- 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 fritillaryfrom 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 Fritillāria genus name from Latin fritillus dice-box, container for shaking dice (erroneously taken as meaning “checkerboard”) frit- perhaps imitative of the sound of dice being shaken -illus n. suff.
crown imperial fritillary
From Latin fritillus (“dice-box”).