lily of the valley

noun phrase

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, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lily of the valley was in 1563

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“Lily of the valley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lily%20of%20the%20valley. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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lily of the valley

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lily of the valley

: a small plant that produces small white flowers shaped like little bells

lily of the valley

noun
plural lilies of the valley

Kids Definition of lily of the valley

: a small plant related to the lilies that has usually two leaves and a stalk of fragrant flowers shaped like bells

lily of the valley

noun
lily of the val·​ley | \ ˈlil-ē-əv-t͟hə-ˈval-ē How to pronounce lily of the valley (audio) \
plural lilies 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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