Tiger lily

Tiger lily
Lily Lil"y (l[i^]l"[y^]), n.; pl. {Lilies} (l[i^]l"[i^]z). [AS. lilie, L. lilium, Gr. lei`rion. Cf. {Flower-de-luce}.] 1. (Bot.) A plant and flower of the genus {Lilium}, endogenous bulbous plants, having a regular perianth of six colored pieces, six stamens, and a superior three-celled ovary. [1913 Webster]

Note: There are nearly fifty species, all found in the North Temperate zone. {Lilium candidum} and {Lilium longiflorum} are the common white lilies of gardens; {Lilium Philadelphicum} is the wild red lily of the Atlantic States. {Lilium Chalcedonicum} is supposed to be the ``lily of the field'' in our Lord's parable; {Lilium auratum} is the great gold-banded lily of Japan. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) A name given to handsome flowering plants of several genera, having some resemblance in color or form to a true lily, as {Pancratium}, {Crinum}, {Amaryllis}, {Nerine}, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. That end of a compass needle which should point to the north; -- so called as often ornamented with the figure of a lily or fleur-de-lis. [1913 Webster]

But sailing further, it veers its lily to the west. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

4. (Auction Bridge) A royal spade; -- usually in pl. See {Royal spade}, below. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{African lily} (Bot.), the blue-flowered {Agapanthus umbellatus}.

{Atamasco lily} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Zephyranthes} ({Zephyranthes Atamasco}), having a white and pink funnelform perianth, with six petal-like divisions resembling those of a lily. --Gray.

{Blackberry lily} (Bot.), the {Pardanthus Chinensis}, the black seeds of which form a dense mass like a blackberry.

{Bourbon lily} (Bot.), {Lilium candidum}. See Illust.

{Butterfly lily}. (Bot.) Same as {Mariposa lily}, in the Vocabulary.

{Lily beetle} (Zool.), a European beetle ({Crioceris merdigera}) which feeds upon the white lily.

{Lily daffodil} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Narcissus}, and its flower.

{Lily encrinite} (Paleon.), a fossil encrinite, esp. {Encrinus liliiformis}. See {Encrinite}.

{Lily hyacinth} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Hyacinthus}.

{Lily iron}, a kind of harpoon with a detachable head of peculiar shape, used in capturing swordfish.

{Lily of the valley} (Bot.), a low perennial herb ({Convallaria majalis}), having a raceme of nodding, fragrant, white flowers.

{Lily pad}, the large floating leaf of the water lily. [U. S.] --Lowell.

{Tiger lily} (Bot.), {Lilium tigrinum}, the sepals of which are blotched with black.

{Turk's-cap lily} (Bot.) {Lilium Martagon}, a red lily with recurved sepals; also, the similar American lily, {Lilium superbum}.

{Water lily} (Bot.), the {Nymph[ae]a}, a plant with floating roundish leaves, and large flowers having many petals, usually white, but sometimes pink, red, blue, or yellow. [See Illust. of {Nymph[ae]a}.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Tiger lily — Tiger Ti ger, n. [OE. tigre, F. tigre, L. tigris, Gr. ti gris; probably of Persian origin; cf. Zend tighra pointed, tighri an arrow, Per. t[=i]r; perhaps akin to E. stick, v. t.; probably so named from its quickness.] 1. A very large and powerful …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tiger lily — ► NOUN ▪ a tall Asian lily which has orange flowers spotted with black or purple …   English terms dictionary

  • tiger lily — n. 1. a lily (Lilium tigrinum) having orange flowers with purplish black spots 2. any of several kinds of lilies resembling this flower …   English World dictionary

  • tiger lily — tiger ,lily noun count a large orange flower with black spots …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tiger lily — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms tiger lily : singular tiger lily plural tiger lilies a large orange flower with black spots …   English dictionary

  • tiger lily — Asian lily with dark purple or brown spotted orange or red flowers; any lily that looks like the Asian tiger lily …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tiger lily — raiboji lelija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Lelijinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Lilium lancifolium), paplitęs rytų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Lilium lancifolium angl. devil lily; easter lily; kentan; martagon; tiger lily… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • tiger lily — noun 1. east Asian perennial having large reddish orange black spotted flowers with reflexed petals • Syn: ↑devil lily, ↑kentan, ↑Lilium lancifolium • Hypernyms: ↑lily 2. lily of southeastern United States having cup shaped flowers with deep… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tiger lily — 1. a lily, Lilium lancifolium (or tigrinum), having dull orange flowers spotted with black and small bulbs or bulbils in the axils of the leaves. 2. any lily, esp. L. pardalinum, of similar coloration. [1815 25] * * * …   Universalium

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