from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Lilium, having variously colored, often trumpet-shaped flowers.
  • n. Any of various similar or related plants, such as the day lily or the water lily.
  • n. The flower of any of these plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several flowers in the genus Lilium of the family Liliaceae, which includes a great many ornamental species.
  • n. Any of several species of herbaceous flower which may or may not resemble the genus Lilium in some way, and which are not closely related to it or each other.
  • n. The end of a compass needle that should point north, traditionally often ornamented with the figure of a lily or fleur-de-lis.
  • adj. White (as a racial epithet).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A royal spade; -- usually in pl. See Royal spade, below.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the genus Lilium, or its flower.
  • n. Any one of many plants resembling the lily.
  • n. The end of a compass which points to the north: so called from being frequently ornamented with a lily or fleur-de-lis.
  • Resembling a white lily, especially in purity; pure; unsullied.
  • n. The marsh-marigold.
  • n. Lilium candidum, the white or annunciation lily: originally from the Mediterranean region, but long in cultivation.
  • n. The daffodil.
  • n. The atamasco lily, Atamosco Atamasco.
  • n. In Australia, same as spear-lily.
  • n. Same as gunebo lily.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any liliaceous plant of the genus Lilium having showy pendulous flowers


Middle English lilie, from Old English, from Latin līlium.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English lilie, from Latin līlia, plural of līlium, from Ancient Greek λείριον (leírion), from Coptic (dial. Fayyumic) ϩⲗⲏⲣⲓ (hlēri), variant of ϩⲣⲏⲣⲉ (hrēre), from Demotic (ḥrry), from Egyptian (Wiktionary)



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