lily definition

  • noun:
    • any one of numerous plants of genus Lilium, having variously coloured, frequently trumpet-shaped flowers.
    • Any of different similar or relevant plants, including the day-lily or the water lily.
    • The rose of every of those flowers.
    • any one of several blossoms in genus Lilium regarding the family Liliaceae, which include a great number of decorative types.
    • any one of a few types of herbaceous flower which may or might not resemble the genus Lilium in some way, and which are not closely pertaining to it or each other.
    • The end of a compass needle which should aim north, typically frequently ornamented using figure of a lily or fleur-de-lis.
    • A plant and rose associated with the genus Lilium, endogenous bulbous flowers, having a frequent perianth of six colored pieces, six stamens, and a superior three-celled ovary.
    • A name given to good looking flowering flowers of a number of genera, having some similarity in shade or type to a true lily, as Pancratium, Crinum, Amaryllis, Nerine, etc.
    • That end of a compass needle that ought to point out the north; -- so named as often ornamented aided by the figure of a lily or fleur-de-lis.
    • A royal spade; -- frequently in pl. See Royal spade, below.
    • A plant regarding the genus Lilium, or its rose.
    • anyone of several flowers resembling the lily.
    • the termination of a compass which tips to your north: so called from becoming usually ornamented with a lily or fleur-de-lis.
    • The marsh-marigold.
    • Lilium candidum, the white or annunciation lily: initially from the Mediterranean area, but very long in cultivation.
    • The daffodil.
    • The atamasco lily, Atamosco Atamasco.
    • In Australia, same as spear-lily.
    • Same as gunebo lily.
    • any liliaceous plant of this genus Lilium having showy pendulous blossoms
  • adjective:
    • White (as a racial epithet).
  • others:
    • Resembling a white lily, especially in purity; pure; unsullied.

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