Flower-de-luce
Flower-de-luce Flow"er-de-luce", n. [Corrupted fr. fleur-de-lis.] (Bot.) A genus of perennial herbs ({Iris}) with swordlike leaves and large three-petaled flowers often of very gay colors, but probably white in the plant first chosen for the royal French emblem. [1913 Webster]

Note: There are nearly one hundred species, natives of the north temperate zone. Some of the best known are {Iris Germanica}, {I. Florentina}, {I. Persica}, {I. sambucina}, and the American {I. versicolor}, {I. prismatica}, etc. [1913 Webster]


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  • flower-de-luce — | ̷ ̷də|lüs noun (plural flowers de luce) Etymology: Middle English flour de luce, from Anglo French, alteration of Middle French flor de lis, flour de lis, literally, lily flower : iris II 2 compare fleur de lis …   Useful english dictionary

  • flower-de-luce — n. Fleur de lis, flower de lis, yellow flag (Iris pseudacorus), iris …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • flower-de-luce — /flaʊə də ˈlus/ (say flowuh duh loohs) noun Obsolete Poetic 1. → fleur de lis. 2. the lily. {old variant of fleur de lis influenced by flower} …   Australian English dictionary

  • flower-de-luce — /flow euhr deuh loohs /, n. the iris flower or plant. [1630 40; Anglicization of F fleur de lis] * * * …   Universalium

  • flower de luce — n. (Botany) iris flower or iris plant; plant that was first chosen for the royal French symbol …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Flower de Luce —    A messuage and brewhouse so called in Golding Layne in parish of St. Giles without Creplegate, 33 Eliz. 1591 (Lond. I. p.m. III. 158).    No further mention …   Dictionary of London

  • Flower de Luce Alley, Court —    West out of Grub Street, in Cripplegate Ward Without (O. and M. 1677 Boyle, 1799).    In Strype, Flower de lis Court.    The site is now occupied by the Metropolitan Railway lines …   Dictionary of London

  • Flower de Luce Court —    1) East out of Foster Lane, in Aldersgate Ward (O. and M. 1677), north of Carey Street.    The site is now occupied by Goldsmith s Hall.    2) North out of Ludgate Hill, in Farringdon Ward Without (O. and M. 1677 Boyle, 1799).     Flower de… …   Dictionary of London

  • Flower de Luce, Crutched Friars —    See Flower de Lis Court …   Dictionary of London

  • Flower de Luce Alley —    South out of Thames Street (Leake, 1666) on the east side of Fishmongers Hall.    The site was afterwards occupied by Fishmongers Hall and now by the western side of Adelaide Place (q.v.).    So named after the tavern of that sign which… …   Dictionary of London

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