day·​lily ˈdā-ˌli-lē How to pronounce daylily (audio)
: 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 Some are pretty much indestructible — like daylilies. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 8 Sep. 2023 For example, daylilies are perennials, and petunias are annuals. Kate McGregor, House Beautiful, 2 Aug. 2023 In stark contrast, all is quiet over the daisies, daylilies, and hostas (except for the deer, which like nothing better than to chew hostas down to the ground at night). Susan Brownstein, cleveland, 25 July 2023 Each of the flowers lives only for a day or two, like a daylily, but the plants will keep opening new blooms over a long period, sometimes from July to September. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 16 July 2023 Plants that require insect pollinators include an array of beautiful flowers including annuals such as viola, geranium, lobelia, begonia, impatiens, and perennials such as daylilies, geum, and heuchera. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 22 June 2023 In addition to a spray of irises, Swan Lake Iris Gardens comes alive with camellias, hydrangeas, lilies, azaleas, daylilies, and Japanese magnolias—a small sampling of the garden’s 172 plant species. Abigail Wilt, Southern Living, 17 June 2023 The society will have 240 varieties of daylilies at the sale, with prices ranging from $7 to $30. Elaine Rewolinski, Journal Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2023 Hosta and daylilies are hearty perennial options for simple landscaping. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of daylily was in 1597

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“Daylily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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day·​lily ˈdā-ˌlil-ē How to pronounce daylily (audio)
: any of various plants related to the lilies that have short-lived flowers and are widespread in cultivation and in the wild after escaping from cultivation

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