from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A genus of monocotyledonous plants, of the order Amaryllidaceæ and tribe Amarylleæ.
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In early spring the fields and hillsides were clothed in crocus and viola, white stachys, and yellow sternbergia, and pale lilac colchicum nodded on exiguous stalks amid the already sere grass of the meadows.
Captain Corelli's Mandolin De Bernieres, Louis 2003