Any of several bulbous plants of the genus Calochortus of western North America, having variously colored, tuliplike flowers.
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-lily
- Probably 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)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition