lily of the valley
: a low perennial herb (Convallaria majalis) of the lily family that has usually two large oblong lanceolate leaves and a raceme of fragrant nodding bell-shaped white flowers
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lily of the val·ley noun \ˈlil-ē-əv-thə-ˈval-ē\ (Medical Dictionary)
plural ; lil·ies of the valley
: an erect low-growing perennial herb of the genus Convallaria (C. majalis) that has two large oblong lanceolate leaves and a raceme of fragrant nodding bell-shaped white flowers and is the source of convallaria, convallamarin, convallarin, and convallatoxin
: the dried rhizome and roots of the lily of the valley used as a cardiac tonic
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lily of the valley (Concise Encyclopedia)
Fragrant perennial herb and sole species (Convallaria majalis) of the genus Convallaria (family Ruscaceae), native to Eurasia and eastern North America. White bell-shaped flowers droop in a row from one side of a leafless stalk, which usually bears two glossy leaves at its base. The fruit is a single red berry. Lily of the valley is cultivated in shaded garden areas in many temperate parts of the world.
Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis)—© Nell BolenThe National Audubon Society Collection/Photo Researchers
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