African lily

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English[edit]

African lily (Agapanthus umbellatus), illustration from William Curtis (editor), Curtis's Botanical Magazine
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Noun[edit]

African lily (plural African lilies)

  1. Any of certain flowering plants of the genus Agapanthus, especially Agapanthus umbellatus.
    • 1828, Thomas Ignatius M. Forster, Circle of the Seasons, and Perpetual Key to the Calendar and Almanack, page 204,
      African Lily Agapanthus umbellatus full fl.
      The African Lily is a beautiful blue umbelled liliaceous flower, having long contorted roots, and blowing in July.
    • 2003, Beth Moore, A Woman and Her God, page 215,
      As Gene and I began to really look at our backyard, we discovered tall, magnificent lilac-colored African lilies, and, to my surprise, our yard displayed its own vibrant orange, white, and blue birds of paradise.
    • 2010, Avionne Anthony, The Witness, page 146,
      But not just ordinary roses or tulips, she had majestic African lilies and exotic oriental orchids.

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