fritillary (plural fritillaries)
- Any of several bulbous perennial plants, of the genus Fritillaria, having flowers with a spotted or chequered pattern.
2014 April 6, Naomi Slade, “Fritillaries: Don't forget these lilies of the field: Make a pilgrimage to one of Britain’s few fritillary meadows this season [print version (5 April 2014, p. G5): Consider the lilies of the field]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Gardening), London:
- Fritillaries are as fundamental a part of the British water meadow landscape as Ratty and Mole slowly punting along under a willow tree. They speak of opalescent spring mornings, with their distinctive chequered bells bowed earthward and beaded with dew, a dark counterpoint to the acid-fresh grass.
- Any of several butterflies, of the family Nymphalidae, having wings with black or silvery spots.
plant of genus Fritillaria
butterfly of family Nymphalidae