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fire lily, noun phrase

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See quotation 1985.
Any of several scarlet-flowered species of Cyrtanthus lilies (family Amaryllidaceae), especially C. contractus, C. sanguineus, and C. angustifolius; brandlelie. See also ifafa lily, Kei lily (Kei sense 1); Knysna lily sense b.
1876 H. Brooks Natal 169The leading glory of the pastures at this time is a plant known to the Dutch under the expressive and most apt name of the ‘fire-lily.’ The pastures are frequently literally ablaze with its broadly spread carpet of scarlet.
1989 Babiana in E. Prov. Herald 18 Mar. 8The George Lily is certainly the most beautiful of the whole group of red cyrtanthuses, all commonly known as fire lilies.
Any of several scarlet-flowered species of Cyrtanthus lilies (family Amaryllidaceae), especially C. contractus, C. sanguineus, and C. angustifolius; brandlelie.

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