lily

Definitions

  • Sat There Like a Frog on A Pond Lily Leaf 308
    Sat There Like a Frog on A Pond Lily Leaf 308
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lily any liliaceous plant of the genus Lilium having showy pendulous flowers
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Seventh stanza, surrounded by lilies of the valley Seventh stanza, surrounded by lilies of the valley
Lily from Devonshire Lily from Devonshire
Anther in Lily Anther in Lily
on a lily pad on a lily pad

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Banana plants are the largest plants on earth without a woody stem. They are actually giant herbs of the same family as lilies, orchids and palms.
    • Lily (Bot) 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.
    • Lily (Bot) 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.
    • Lily (Auction Bridge) A royal spade; -- usually in pl. See Royal spade, below.
    • Lily 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. "But sailing further, it veers its lily to the west."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are more than 700 species of plants that grow in the United States that have been identified as dangerous if eaten. Among them are some that are commonly favored by gardeners: buttercups, daffodils, lily of the valley, sweet peas, oleander, azalea, bleeding heart, delphinium, and rhododendron.
    • n lily A plant of the genus Lilium, or its flower. In the four native species of the eastern United States the perianth is colored from yellow to scarlet, with purple or brown spots on the inside. They are: the wild orange-red lily, L. Philadelphicum, with flowers erect and sepals not recurved, common in sandy soil; the Southern red lily, L. Catesbæi, with solitary erect flowers and recurved sepals; L. Canadense, with several nodding flowers and the sepals recurved, common in the north; and the American Turk's-cap or swamp-lily, L. superbum, with a pyramidal panicle, often with 20 or sometimes even 40 blossoms, found on low grounds at the north. Among the eight species of the Pacific slope are the Washington lily, L. Washingtonianum, often with as many as 20 large and fragrant white flowers, becoming purplish, in a thyrsoid raceme; the panther-lily, L. pardalinum; and Humboldt's lily, L. Humboldtii. Among European species are the Martagon lily, L. Martagon, found wild in Europe and in Siberia, and cultivated from time immemorial, the varieties differing in color; the bulb-bearing lily, L. bulbiferum, with orange-red flowers and bulblets in the axils of the upper leaves, a plant of the region of the Alps, long known to gardeners; and the white or Madonna lily, L. candidum, also called annunciation lily, found wild in the northern Mediterranean countries. Among the fine Asiatic lilies are the lance-leafed or spear-leafed lily, L. speciosum (lancifolium), from Corea and Japan, with white flowers more or less suffused or spotted with pink, and with the lower part of the sepals covered with papillæ; the giant lily, L. giganteum, the largest of the genus, from the Himalayan region; and the tiger-lily, L. tigrinum, so called from its spots, a plant introduced from China and known everywhere. There are many other less-known lilies.
    • n lily Any one of many plants resembling the lily.
    • n lily The end of a compass which points to the north: so called from being frequently ornamented with a lily or fleur-de-lis.
    • lily Resembling a white lily, especially in purity; pure; unsullied.
    • n lily The marsh-marigold.
    • n lily Lilium candidum, the white or annunciation lily: originally from the Mediterranean region, but long in cultivation.
    • n lily The daffodil.
    • n lily The atamasco lily, Atamosco Atamasco.
    • n lily In Australia, same as spear-lily.
    • n lily Same as gunebo lily.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The leaves of the Victorian water lily are sometimes over six feet in diameter.
    • n Lily lil′i a bulbous plant, with showy and fragrant flowers
    • adj Lily resembling a lily: pure
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Quotations

  • John Ruskin
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    “Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for instance.”

Idioms

Gild the lily - If you gild the lily, you decorate something that is already ornate.
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Lily-livered - Someone who is lily-livered is a coward.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. lilie, L. lilium, Gr. lei`rion. Cf. Flower-de-luce

Usage

In literature:

As for Lily, she felt a pang of pity for these people.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
Next day, while Lily and I were playing in the garden, my master appeared at the usual time in his shooting-jacket.
"Cat and Dog" by Julia Charlotte Maitland
Sister, you shall have the very best lily we can find.
"Wonder-Box Tales" by Jean Ingelow
The lily in question, viz.
"The Cliff Climbers" by Captain Mayne Reid
A true mother, too, she has ever proved to our Lily.
"Afar in the Forest" by W.H.G. Kingston
A few words served to explain what had happened, and I then hurried back to poor little Lily.
"With Axe and Rifle" by W.H.G. Kingston
Lily whether she'll come out to supper with me to-night, to Catani's, to celebrate her birthday.
"The 'Mind the Paint' Girl" by Arthur Pinero
You are like the river-lilies.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
Mrs. Mullins had one in Mifflin, I mean a lily, and it didn't need hardly any sun.
"Mary Rose of Mifflin" by Frances R. Sterrett
She came to meet me, lily-white and sweet.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
And Lily Pearl Montgomery.
"Peggy Stewart at School" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
That was no wonder; for, in this fidgety world, Lily Prior was a treasure.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 453" by Various
I 've seen the lily of the wold, vol.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume VI" by Various
Lily of the valley grows best in partial shade in some unfrequented corner.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Lily looked at the time and Pa showed his Lily off.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
It was all covered with great white lilies and their green pads.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
She touched with her lily the lock which fastened one of the gates.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Well, her right name, so they tell, is Lily Meredith.
"The Plunderer" by Roy Norton
The Lotus is the water lily of Egypt.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
My lily has three blossoms.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 39, No. 03, March, 1885" by Various
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In poetry:

Ye gentle spirits of the vale,
To whom the tears of love are dear,
From dying lilies waft a gale,
And sigh my sorrows in her ear.
"The Lover's Fate" by James Thomson
How many lovely things I know!
Stories of lovers long ago,
and places where the lilies blow,
and children's voices sweet and low.
"Song Of Lovely Things" by Wilhelmina Stitch
They said, God meant the flowers He made,
As children see the same;
They said the words the lilies said
When Jesus looked at them.
"A Book of Dreams: Part I" by George MacDonald
Near the banks of that lone river,
Where the water-lilies grow,
Breathed the fairest flower that ever
Bloomed and faded years ago.
"Years Ago." by George Pope Morris
Sometimes perhaps amid the gardens,
Where the noble have their part,
Though noon's o'erhead, a dew-drop's shed
Into a lily's heart.
"There Was One Who Walked In Shadow" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
Fan me with these lilies fair,
Twine their stems around your arm:
Put your feet upon these roses,
Then you'll please me to a charm.
""Fan Me With Lilies Fair"" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard

In news:

He wore purple velvet and minced around the stage with a lily.
Miss Bianca is a white mouse of great beauty and supreme self-confidence, who, courtesy of her excellent young friend, the ambassador's son, resides luxuriously in a porcelain pagoda painted with violets, primroses, and lilies of the valley.
He was welcomed home by his big sister Lily.
LILY DALE British-style mediumship will be examined at the weekly Development Circle sponsored by the Church of the Living Spirit at 7:30 pm Monday.
Princess Merida and Lily Cole.
With Campbell Robertson, Lily Koppel, Mary Spicuzza, Andrew Jacobs, Michelle O'Donnell, David Carr and Joyce Wadler Published: August 31, 2004.
Rosa's outdoor tables sit by lily-pad ponds on the black-and-white stone mosaic of Lincoln Road's trendiest block — right at the base of the Herzog & de Meuron-designed building, SoBe's newest landmark.
Robert Lunde, Alika Hope and Tom Dahl in The Island Lily.
Peter Chen / The Post-Standard More than 50 people followed the dance moves of the Kramer sisters, Miranda, 10, and Lily, 8, Friday at a flash mob in the parking lot of Moravia's Modern Market.
I think they have Lily Pox.
Pond Lily after the Storm Click to enlarge.
"The lilies seem to have disappeared".
Sesame Street has created a new Muppet named Lily.
Lily makes her debut this Sunday night in a CBS Prime Time Special about hunger.
This south sea lily was at it's peak this weekend.
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In science:

This list currently contains ∼28 million objects and is stored in a PostgreSQL3 database, taking up 1.2 GB of disk space on a dual-Pentium III 1 GHz machine with 1 GB of RAM, currently lilys.lbl.gov.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
Li†Li = K + K † if Mt is a martingale (≤ K + K † if submartingale) .
On the Generators of Quantum Stochastic Master Equation
Li†Li = K + K † if Mt is a martingale (≤ K + K † if submartingale) .
On the General Form of Quantum Stochastic Evolution Equation
Zhongzhi Zhang, Lili Rong, and Francesc Comellas.
Wheel Random Apollonian Graphs
Such random subsets are widely known as Boolean models. (More generally, B (x, R) could be replaced by a closed compact random set centered at x.) This particular Boolean model is often referred to as the Poisson blob model or lily pond model.
The random geometry of equilibrium phases
We have the identity −d2 + e+e− = LiLi between the Casimirs of the constraint and observable algebra.
Testing the Master Constraint Programme for Loop Quantum Gravity II. Finite Dimensional Systems
Frank, Jime, Lily, Lore, Mara, Pachi, Patricia, Rosana, Sebastian and Vivi.
DescribeX: A Framework for Exploring and Querying XML Web Collections
Subsequent pages of search results show, in addition to tigers, children in striped suits, flowers (tiger lily), more cats, Mac OS X (tige r) screenshots, golfing pictures (Tiger Woods), etc.
Personalizing Image Search Results on Flickr
Zhongzhi Zhang, Lili Rong, and Francesc Comellas.
The connectivity-profile of random increasing k-trees
LiLi+1N gets identified with the face SLi+kLi+k+1 by a transformation (homeomorphism of faces) which we shall denote by yi (indices are taken mod n and the vertices are glued together in the order in which they are written).
Exact values of complexity for Paoluzzi - Zimmermann manifolds
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