Easter lily


: any of several white cultivated lilies (especially Lilium longiflorum) that bloom in early spring

Examples of Easter lily in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In other homes, nodding Easter lilies will cast a vaguely funereal air over the roast—only to be discarded a week later when their anthers stain an antique linen tablecloth in splotches of saffron. Marianne Willburn, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Easter lily was in 1877

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“Easter lily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Easter%20lily. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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Easter lily

: any of several white cultivated lilies that bloom in early spring

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