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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. 2015.
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  • 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
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