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Pronounced Pron. TRIL-ee-əm, TRIL-yəm
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Contributor Contrib.babycrookston on 4/6/2011
The name of a flowering plant genus, which is derived from Latin trium "three". (It has also been speculated that the Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus modified the Swedish word trilling "triplet" to arrive at the New Latin name trillium.) The plant is so called for its whorl of three leaves (at the top of the stem), from the center of which rises a solitary, three-petaled flower, in color white, purple or pink.In 2009 in the United States, five baby girls were given this name.