from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A genus of liliaceous plants, of the tribe Narthecieæ.
- noun [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
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- noun small genus of North American herbs having grasslike basal leaves: squaw grass; sometimes placed in family Melanthiaceae
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The other is xerophyllum, mountain lily, sometimes called squaw grass, because it is used by the Indians in basket making.