lily of the valley

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lily of the valley

Definition of 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

First Known Use of LILY OF THE VALLEY

1563

Rhymes with LILY OF THE VALLEY

lily of the val·ley

noun \ˈlil-ē-əv-thə-ˈval-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural lil·ies of the valley

Medical Definition of LILY OF THE VALLEY

1
: 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
2
: 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)

Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis)—© Nell Bolen—The National Audubon Society Collection/Photo Researchers

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.

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