fleur-de-lis

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From French fleur de lys, "lily flower"

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fleur-de-lis (plural fleurs-de-lis)

  1. (heraldry) A design representing a flower whose three petals are joined together at the bottom, often used in heraldry, where it is particularly associated with the French monarchy.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.9:
      Adorned all with gemmes of endlesse price, […] And all embost with Lyons and with Flour-delice.
    • 2013, Lesley Gillian, The Guardian, 26 Apr 2013:
      One room has a pink marble bathroom with a gold fleur de lys pattern around the tub.

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