Definition of scilla in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsilə/ /ˈsɪlə/


  • A plant of the lily family which typically bears small blue star- or bell-shaped flowers and glossy straplike leaves, native to Eurasia and temperate Africa.

    Genus Scilla, family Liliaceae

    ‘The hoop petticoat narcissus, snowdrops, scillas, and crocus are perhaps the most delightful subjects for the purpose.’
    • ‘Spring kicks off with two million crocuses followed by 900,000 daffodils and 300,000 scillas planted under the trees.’
    • ‘On the south side of the manor house, he planted a large alpine meadow with masses of scillas, daffodils, anemomes and fritillarias.’
    • ‘To naturalize bulbs in your lawn, choose bulbs that blossom and fade before grass grows vigorously and requires mowing: crocus, winter aconite, snowdrops, and scilla.’
    • ‘Along with the various scillas, consideration must be given to the striped squills or Puschkinias.’


Modern Latin, from Latin scilla ‘sea onion’, from Greek skilla.