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

Learn More About lily of the valley

Time Traveler for lily of the valley

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near lily of the valley

lily of the Nile

lily of the valley

lily-of-the-valley shrub

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for lily of the valley

Cite this Entry

“Lily of the valley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lily%20of%20the%20valley. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for lily of the valley

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

More from Merriam-Webster on lily of the valley

Nglish: Translation of lily of the valley for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about lily of the valley

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!