Either of two small western North American plants (Erythronium grandiflorum or E. montanum) in the lily family, having delicate golden-yellow or white flowers.
A wildflower (Erythronium montanum) of the lily family, native to the mountain meadows of Washington and Oregon and blooming in June among the melting snowbanks.
Origin of avalanche-lily
- So called because they grow near the snow line and bloom when the snow begins to melt
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition