I. noun (plural lilies) Etymology: Middle English lilie, from Old English, from Latin lilium Date: before 12th century 1. any of a genus (Lilium of the family Liliaceae, the lily family) of erect perennial leafy-stemmed bulbous herbs that are native to the temperate northern hemisphere and are widely cultivated for their showy flowers; broadly any of various plants of the lily family or of the related amaryllis or iris families 2. any of various plants with showy flowers: as a. a scarlet anemone (Anemone coronaria) of the Mediterranean region b. water lily c. calla lily 3. fleur-de-lis 2 II. adjective Date: 15th century resembling a lily in fairness, purity, or fragility <
my lady's lily hand — John Keats

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • lily — (n.) O.E. lilie, from L. lilia, pl. of lilium a lily, cognate with Gk. leirion, both perhaps borrowed from a corrupted pronunciation of an Egyptian word. Used in O.T. to translate Heb. shoshanna and in N.T. to translate Gk. krinon. The lily of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • lily — [lil′ē] n. pl. lilies [ME lilie < OE < L lilium] 1. any of a large genus (Lilium) of perennial plants of the lily family, grown from a bulb and having typically trumpet shaped flowers, white or colored 2. the flower or the bulb of any of… …   English World dictionary

  • Lily — Lily, SD U.S. town in South Dakota Population (2000): 21 Housing Units (2000): 14 Land area (2000): 0.303393 sq. miles (0.785785 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.303393 sq. miles (0.785785 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • -lily — Few adjectives in ly form adverbs in lily because they are too awkward to use. As Fowler noted (1926), ‘it is always possible to say in a masterly manner, at a timely moment, and the like, instead of masterlily, timelily’. Some adjectives in ly… …   Modern English usage

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