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lily

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noun \ˈli-lē\

Definition of lily

plural

lilies

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Lilium of the family Liliaceae, the lily family) of erect perennial leafy-stemmed bulbous herbs that are native to the temperate northern hemisphere and are widely cultivated for their showy flowers; broadly :  any of various plants of the lily family or of the related amaryllis or iris families

  2. 2 :  any of various plants with showy flowers: as a :  a scarlet anemone (Anemone coronaria) of the Mediterranean region b :  water lily c :  calla lily

  3. 3 :  fleur-de-lis 2

Origin and Etymology of lily

Middle English lilie, from Old English, from Latin lilium


First Known Use: before 12th century


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lily

adjective

Definition of lily

  1. :  resembling a lily in fairness, purity, or fragility <my lady's lily hand — John Keats>

15th Century

First Known Use of lily

15th century


LILY Defined for English Language Learners

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lily

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noun \ˈli-lē\

Definition of lily for English Language Learners

  • : a type of plant that has large white or colorful bell-shaped flowers; also : the flower


LILY Defined for Kids

lily

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noun \ˈli-lē\

Definition of lily for Students

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lilies

  1. :  a plant (as the Easter lily or the tiger lily) that grows from a bulb and has a leafy stem and showy funnel-shaped flowers


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