Try Our Apps


What is the origin of "February"?

lily of the valley

noun, plural lilies of the valley.
a plant, Convallaria majalis, having an elongated cluster of small, drooping, bell-shaped, fragrant white flowers.
Origin of lily of the valley
1555-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for lily-of-the-valley
Historical Examples
  • Such things cannot thrive in a lily-of-the-valley world, but shrink away from the presence of beauty and purity.

    The Vitalized School Francis B. Pearson
  • She is in her grave, let us gather there the lily-of-the-valley, O gu, the Marguerite.

    The Book of Masks Remy de Gourmont
  • Now look, and I will show you the lily-of-the-valley cups—there are only a few there under the shelter of the gray stone arch.

    Halcyone Elinor Glyn
  • Near him, just inside the wall, was a bed of lily-of-the-valley.

    The Dreamer Mary Newton Stanard
  • For the scarf smelled of lily-of-the-valley, Aniuta Blagovo's favourite scent.

  • The lily-of-the-valley, on the other hand, is said to have been found by Apollo and given by him to sculapius, the leech.

  • The lily-of-the-valley was gone; he had no idea where he had lost it, nor could he now stay to inquire.

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • Around them masses of lily-of-the-valley could be seen peeping out from amidst the fine grass.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • Those who designate the tree as lily-of-the-valley have in mind the flowers.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • In any case I recognise in the violet a dangerous rival to the lily-of-the-valley, and am very fond of it.

British Dictionary definitions for lily-of-the-valley

lily of the valley

noun (pl) lilies of the valley
a small liliaceous plant, Convallaria majalis, of Eurasia and North America cultivated as a garden plant, having two long oval leaves and spikes of white bell-shaped flowers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for lily of the valley

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for lily

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for lily-of-the-valley