any of several plants (esp. genus Hippeastrum
) of the lily
family bearing several white, purple
, or red flowers on a leafless stem, including the belladonna lily
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Word origin of 'amaryllis'< L & Gr Amaryllis, a shepherdess' name in poems by Virgil and Theocritus