Definition of Guinea-hen flower
1. Noun. Eurasian checkered lily with pendant flowers usually veined and checkered with purple or maroon on a pale ground and shaped like the bells carried by lepers in medieval times; widely grown as an ornamental.
Generic synonyms: Checkered Lily, Fritillary
Lexicographical Neighbors of Guinea-hen Flower
Literary usage of Guinea-hen flower
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Popular Flowers, and how to Cultivate Them by Edward Sprague Rand (1876)
"GUINEA HEN FLOWER, CROWN IMPERIAL. IN the earliest days of spring, the stout, blunt shoots of the Crown Imperial (f. imperialis) are seen pushing up from ..."
2. Seventy-five Popular Flowers, and how to Cultivate Them by Edward Sprague Rand (1870)
"Popularly it is known as the "guinea hen flower," from the tessellated marking of the petals, which, in the more common variety, are purplish, ..."
3. The Floricultural Cabinet, and Florists Magazine by Joseph Harrison (1853)
"It has many familiar English names, such as Chess-board flower, Turkey-hen flower, guinea-hen flower, Chequered Daffodil, Lily of the dell, and Snake's-head ..."
4. Publications by English Dialect Society (1886)
"guinea-hen flower. Fritillaria Meleagris, L.—From the chequered markings of the flower like the spots on the bird. Cumb. EDS Gloss. C. 8. Prior, p. 99. ..."