lily

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English[edit]

A lily plant
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Etymology[edit]

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 Demotique h.pngR.gifR.gif (ḥrry), from Egyptian

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ḥrr.t (ḥereret) 'flower'. Perhaps also the root of Sanskrit हली/हलिनी (halI/halinI), both also meaning lily.


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lily (plural lilies)

  1. Any of several flowers in the genus Lilium of the family Liliaceae, which includes a great many ornamental species.
  2. 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.
  3. (heraldry) The flower used as a heraldic charge; also commonly used to describe the fleur-de-lis.
  4. The end of a compass needle that should point north, traditionally often ornamented with the figure of a lily or fleur-de-lis.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Sir Thomas Browne
      But sailing further, it veers its lily to the west.

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lily (not comparable)

  1. (slang, derogatory) White (as a racial epithet).
    • 1994, Colleen Faulkner, Captive
      "Can't you see I'm trying to save your lily ass?" "I don't want to be saved," Tess moaned as he hauled her up and into his lap with one beefy hand.

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