Lily definition

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The flower of any of these plants.
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Any of a large genus (Lilium) of perennial plants of the lily family, grown from a bulb and having typically trumpet-shaped flowers, white or colored.
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Any of various plants of the genus Lilium, having variously colored, often trumpet-shaped flowers.
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The flower or the bulb of any of these plants.
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Any of several flowers in the genus Lilium of the family Liliaceae, which includes a great many ornamental species.
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Any of several species of herbaceous flower which may or may not resemble the genus Lilium in some way, and which are not closely related to it or each other.
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The end of a compass needle that should point north, traditionally often ornamented with the figure of a lily or fleur-de-lis.
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(slang, derogatory) White (as a racial epithet).
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Yill.
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A female given name. Popular around 1900 and currently returning to favor.
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Any of several plants similar to the true lily, as the waterlily.
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The flower of any of these plants.
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The heraldic fleur-de-lis, as in the royal arms of France.
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Designating a family (Liliaceae, order Liliales) of monocotyledonous, usually herbaceous, plants, including the tulips, hyacinths, onions, and asparagus.
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Like a lily, as in whiteness, delicacy, etc.
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(person, proper) A feminine name.
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Any of various similar or related plants, such as the daylily or the water lily.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lily
Plural:
lilies

Origin of lily

  • Middle English lilie from Old English from Latin līlium

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English lilie, from Latin lÄ«lia, plural of lÄ«lium, from Ancient Greek λείριον (leírion), from Coptic (dial. Fayyumic) ϩⲗⲏⲣⲓ (hlÄ“ri), variant of ϩⲣⲏⲣⲉ (hrÄ“re), from Demotic (ḥrry), from Egyptian

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  • A nineteenth century flower name from the lily. Also a diminutive of Lilian and, sometimes, of Elizabeth.

    From Wiktionary

  • ḥrr.t (ḥereret) 'flower'. Perhaps also the root of Sanskrit हली/हलिनी (halI/halinI), both also meaning lily.

    From Wiktionary