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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Only an act of God could do something as dramatic as changing a daylily into an iris. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, 29 May 2021 Like the one for Eula King of Ohio which notes her gardening prowess of growing hostas, daylilies and other plants King hoped friends would come and transplant into their own gardens. USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2020 Hosta, grasses and daylily can produce six or more, while hollyhock and coral bells may only yield three. oregonlive, 24 Mar. 2020 Proven fire-resistant plant species include daylilies, coneflowers, coreopsis, lavender and high-moisture succulents. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2020 Divide and replant any overcrowded perennials, including agapanthus, chrysanthemums, and daylilies. Thad Orr, Sunset Magazine, 10 Feb. 2020 Then, overhaul your garden beds by following these tips: Dig up perennials, including daylilies and hostas, and divide them into three-stem groupings. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 29 Jan. 2020 The daylily in all its rich variety was once the perennial to plant for its seemingly endless supply of showy blooms in the gathering heat of early summer. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2020 So roses, delphiniums, chrysanthemums, daylilies, hydrangeas and tall phlox would also like that mulch of compost that the vegetables get. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of daylily was in 1597

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“Daylily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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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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