Mariposa lilymar·i·po·sa lily
- any of a genus (Calochortus) of plants of the lily family, found in W North America, with tuliplike flowers of white, red, yellow, or violet
- the flower of any of these plants
Origin of Mariposa lilyAmerican Spanish mariposa ; from Sp, butterfly: from the appearance of the blossoms
Any of several bulbous plants of the genus Calochortus of western North America, having variously colored, tuliplike flowers. Also called mariposa tulip.
Origin of mariposa lilyProbably from American Spanish mariposa, from Spanish, butterfly, from María pósate, Mary alight!, María, Mary + pósate, second person sing. reflexive imperative of posar, to perch (from Late Latin pausare, to pause, from Latin pausa, pause).
(plural mariposa lilies)