1. mariposa

noun. ['ˌmɑːrɪˈpoʊsə'] any of several plants of the genus Calochortus having tulip-shaped flowers with 3 sepals and 3 petals; southwestern United States and Mexico.


  • Calochortus luteus
  • desert mariposa tulip
  • yellow mariposa tulip
  • elegant cat's ears
  • mariposa tulip
  • sagebrush mariposa tulip
  • Calochortus kennedyi
  • star tulip
  • Calochortus
  • Calochortus elegans
  • mariposa lily
  • liliaceous plant
  • genus Calochortus

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Example sentences of the word mariposa

1. Noun, singular or mass
One of the most colorful California desert wildflowers, desert mariposa's blooms grow in clusters, in shades of vermilion to orange, often with brown-purple spots on the base.

2. Adjective
Instead, members of this group include tulips, bomareas (a type of tropical vine), wake robins and mariposa lilies.