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 pausāre to pause ) ( from Latin pausa pause )
(plural mariposa lilies)