Lords-and-ladies meaning

lôrdzən-lādēz
Arum maculatum, a common woodland plant species of the Araceae family.
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Origin of lords-and-ladies

  • From its variably colored spadices, the purple ones being considered the lords and the light ones the ladies.

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Those with purplish spadix are the "lords", and those with pale spadix the "ladies".

    From Wiktionary