day·​lily | \ ˈdā-ˌli-lē How to pronounce daylily (audio) \

Definition of daylily

: any of various Eurasian perennial herbs (genus Hemerocallis) of the lily family that have short-lived flowers resembling lilies and are widespread in cultivation and as escapes

Examples of daylily in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So roses, delphiniums, chrysanthemums, daylilies, hydrangeas and tall phlox would also like that mulch of compost that the vegetables get. Washington Post, "Cover your ground, for your plants’ sake," 22 Oct. 2019 Also, a few of my daylilies are showing rust spots on the foliage. Dan Gill,, "There’s a simple solution for Knock Out roses with spotting," 4 May 2019 In full shade, please plant: lily-of-the-valley, ferns, wild tawny orange daylilies (but not the colorful hybrids), annual impatien, and, best of all, hosta. Real Estate, "Ask the Gardener: Tips for ridding your lawn of creeping Charlie," 21 Aug. 2019 Our daylilies – hundreds of plants, dozens of varieties – won’t get a chance to bloom this year, thanks to deer that seem to know exactly when to ravage our yard each summer. Globe Staff,, "Daylilies are in glorious splendor now," 21 July 2019 If the daylily is not your flower, how about the hydrangea? Globe Staff,, "Daylilies are in glorious splendor now," 21 July 2019 What started with grass, fill dirt and an antique bell has blossomed into a beautiful garden bursting with a rainbow of colors from species such as daylilies, wisteria, zinnia, purple coneflower, lavender and popcorn plant. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Town overcame senseless tragedy. Now, it's vying to be the nation's nicest place," 9 July 2019 Blame the wet spring for the bad outbreak of daylily rust this year as well. Dan Gill,, "There’s a simple solution for Knock Out roses with spotting," 4 May 2019 Divide crowded clumps of summer-flowering perennials such as aster and daylily. Thad Orr, Sunset, "Your Essential Gardening To-Do List for April," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of daylily

1597, in the meaning defined above

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“Daylily.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of daylily

: a kind of plant that has long thin leaves and usually yellow or orange flowers that bloom for a short time

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