fritillary NOUN 1) a plant with hanging bell-like flowers. 2) a butterfly with orange-brown wings chequered with black.
ORIGIN Latin fritillaria, from fritillus 'dice-box' (probably with reference to the chequered corolla of the snake's head fritillary).

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  • Fritillary — Frit il*la*ry, n. 1. (Bot.) A plant with checkered petals, of the genus Fritillaria: the Guinea hen flower. See {Fritillaria}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) One of several species of butterflies belonging to {Argynnis} and allied genera; so called …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fritillary — type of butterfly, 1857, earlier a type of plant (Fritillaria Meleagris, 1633), from L. fritillus dice box, from fritinnire to twitter, imitative of the rattle of dice. The butterfly so called perhaps from resemblance of its markings to those of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • fritillary — [frit΄ l er′ē əfrit′ l er΄ē; ] Brit [ fri til′ə ri] n. pl. fritillaries [< ModL Fritillaria < L fritillus, dice box: from markings on the petals or wings] 1. any of a genus (Fritillaria) of perennial, bulbous plants of the lily family, with …   English World dictionary

  • fritillary — siauralapė margutė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Lelijinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Fritillaria thunbergii), paplitęs rytų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Fritillaria thunbergii angl. fritillary; Zhejiang fritillary šaltinis… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • fritillary — /frit l er ee/, n., pl. fritillaries. any of several orange brown nymphalid butterflies, usually marked with black lines and dots and with silvery spots on the undersides of the wings. [1625 35; < NL; see FRITILLARIA] * * * I Any of the… …   Universalium

  • fritillary — margutė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Lelijinių (Liliaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Fritillaria). atitikmenys: lot. Fritillaria angl. fritillary; snake’s head vok. Fritillarie; Kaiserkrone; Schachblume; Schachbrettblume rus. рябчик;… …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • fritillary — noun (plural laries) Etymology: New Latin fritillaria Date: 1633 1. fritillaria 2. any of numerous nymphalid butterflies (Argynnis, Speyeria, and related genera) that usually are orange with black spots on the upper side of both wings and silver… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fritillary — noun a) Any of several bulbous perennial plants, of the genus Fritillaria, having flowers with a spotted or chequered pattern. b) Any of several butterflies, of the family Nymphalidae, having wings with black or silvery spots …   Wiktionary

  • fritillary — [frɪ tɪləri] noun 1》 a plant of the lily family with hanging bell like flowers. [Fritillaria meleagris (snake s head) and related species.] 2》 a butterfly with orange brown wings chequered with black. [Argynnis and other genera: numerous… …   English new terms dictionary

  • fritillary — frit·il·lary …   English syllables

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