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lily

noun \ ˈli-lē \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of lily

plural lilies
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 :any of various plants with showy flowers: such as
a :a scarlet anemone (Anemone coronaria) of the Mediterranean region

lily-like

or lilylike play \ˈli-lē-ˌlīk\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of lily

Middle English lilie, from Old English, from Latin lilium


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lily

adjective

Definition of lily

:resembling a lily in fairness, purity, or fragility
  • my lady's lily hand
  • —John Keats

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First Known Use of lily

15th century


LILY Defined for English Language Learners

lily

noun

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

noun \ ˈli-lē \

Definition of lily for Students

plural lilies
: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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