lily

[lil-ee]
noun, plural lilies.
1.
any scaly-bulbed plant of the genus Lilium, having showy, funnel-shaped or bell-shaped flowers. Compare lily family.
2.
the flower or the bulb of such a plant.
3.
any of various related or similar plants or their flowers, as the mariposa lily or the calla lily.
4.
fleur-de-lis, especially as the symbol of France.
5.
Bowling. a split in which the five, seven, and ten pins remain standing.
adjective
6.
white as a lily: her lily hands.
7.
delicately fair: a lily maiden.
8.
pure; unsullied: the lily truth.
9.
pale; fragile; weak.
Idioms
10.
gild the lily. gild1 ( def 4 ).

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English, Old English lilie < Latin līlium; compare Greek leírion

lilylike, adjective
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Lily

[lil-e]
noun
a female given name.
Also, Lilly.
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lily (ˈlɪlɪ)
 
n , pl lilies
1.  any liliaceous perennial plant of the N temperate genus Lilium, such as the Turk's-cap lily and tiger lily, having scaly bulbs and showy typically pendulous flowers
2.  the bulb or flower of any of these plants
3.  any of various similar or related plants, such as the water lily, plantain lily, and day lily
 
[Old English, from Latin līlium; related to Greek leirion lily]
 
'lily-like
 
adj

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lily
O.E. lilie, from L. lilia, pl. of lilium "a lily," cognate with Gk. leirion, both perhaps borrowed from a corrupted pronunciation of an Egyptian word. Used in O.T. to translate Heb. shoshanna and in N.T. to translate Gk. krinon. The lily of the valley translates L. lilium convallium (Vulgate), a literal
rendition of the Heb. term in Song of Solomon ii.1. It apparently was applied to a particular plant (Convallaria majalis) first by 16c. Ger. herbalists.
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Lily definition


(LIsp LibrarY) A C++ class library by Roger Sheldon sheldon@kong.gsfc.nasa.gov which gives C++ programmers the capability to write Lisp-style code. Lily's garbage collection mechanism is not sufficient for commercial use however and the documentation is incomplete. It is distributed under the GNU Library General Public License.
Version: 0.1.
(ftp://sunsite.unc.edu/uploads/lily-0.1.tar.gz).
(1993-11-08)
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Bible Dictionary

Lily definition


The Hebrew name shushan or shoshan, i.e., "whiteness", was used as the general name of several plants common to Syria, such as the tulip, iris, anemone, gladiolus, ranunculus, etc. Some interpret it, with much probability, as denoting in the Old Testament the water-lily (Nymphoea lotus of Linn.), or lotus (Cant. 2:1, 2; 2:16; 4:5; 5:13; 6:2, 3; 7:2). "Its flowers are large, and they are of a white colour, with streaks of pink. They supplied models for the ornaments of the pillars and the molten sea" (1 Kings 7:19, 22, 26; 2 Chr. 4:5). In the Canticles its beauty and fragrance shadow forth the preciousness of Christ to the Church. Groser, however (Scrip. Nat. Hist.), strongly argues that the word, both in the Old and New Testaments, denotes liliaceous plants in general, or if one genus is to be selected, that it must be the genus Iris, which is "large, vigorous, elegant in form, and gorgeous in colouring." The lilies (Gr. krinia) spoken of in the New Testament (Matt. 6:28; Luke 12:27) were probably the scarlet martagon (Lilium Chalcedonicum) or "red Turk's-cap lily", which "comes into flower at the season of the year when our Lord's sermon on the mount is supposed to have been delivered. It is abundant in the district of Galilee; and its fine scarlet flowers render it a very conspicous and showy object, which would naturally attract the attention of the hearers" (Balfour's Plants of the Bible). Of the true "floral glories of Palestine" the pheasant's eye (Adonis Palestina), the ranunuculus (R. Asiaticus), and the anemone (A coronaria), the last named is however, with the greatest probability regarded as the "lily of the field" to which our Lord refers. "Certainly," says Tristram (Nat. Hist. of the Bible), "if, in the wondrous richness of bloom which characterizes the land of Israel in spring, any one plant can claim pre-eminence, it is the anemone, the most natural flower for our Lord to pluck and seize upon as an illustration, whether walking in the fields or sitting on the hill-side." "The white water-lily (Nymphcea alba) and the yellow water-lily (Nuphar lutea) are both abundant in the marshes of the Upper Jordan, but have no connection with the lily of Scripture."

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Idioms & Phrases

lily

see gild the lily.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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lily

the common name applied to herbaceous flowering plants belonging to the genus Lilium of the family Liliaceae. The genus contains between 80 and 100 species, native to the temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere. Lilies are prized as ornamental plants, and they have been extensively hybridized.

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Gradually dropped by almost all of her society friends, lily is forced to seek work.
Lily, tulip, and many other members of the lily family liliaceae.
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