lily: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (lil'ē), [key]
— n., pl. adj. lil•ies,
  1. any scaly-bulbed plant of the genus Lilium, having showy, funnel-shaped or bell-shaped flowers. Cf. lily family.
  2. the flower or the bulb of such a plant.
  3. any of various related or similar plants or their flowers, as the mariposa lily or the calla lily.
  4. fleur-de-lis, esp. as the symbol of France.
  5. a split in which the five, seven, and ten pins remain standing.
  6. See (def. 4).
  1. white as a lily: her lily hands.
  2. delicately fair: a lily maiden.
  3. pure; unsullied: the lily truth.
  4. pale; fragile; weak.


Pronunciation: (lil'e), [key]
— n.
  1. a female given name.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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