1. any liliaceous plant of the genus Lilium having showy pendulous flowers
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Lily \Lil"y\ (l[i^]l"[y^]), n.; pl. Lilies (l[i^]l"[i^]z).
[AS. lilie, L. lilium, Gr. lei`rion. Cf. Flower-de-luce.]
1. (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
Note: There are nearly fifty species, all found in the North
Temperate zone. Lilium candidum and Lilium
longiflorum are the common white lilies of gardens;
Lilium Philadelphicum is the wild red lily of the
Atlantic States. Lilium Chalcedonicum is supposed to
be the "lily of the field" in our Lord's parable;
Lilium auratum is the great gold-banded lily of
2. (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,
3. 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.
4. (Auction Bridge) A royal spade; -- usually in pl. See
Royal spade, below.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
African lily (Bot.), the blue-flowered Agapanthus
Atamasco lily (Bot.), a plant of the genus Zephyranthes
(Zephyranthes Atamasco), having a white and pink
funnelform perianth, with six petal-like divisions
resembling those of a lily. --Gray.
Blackberry lily (Bot.), the Pardanthus Chinensis, the
black seeds of which form a dense mass like a blackberry.
Bourbon lily (Bot.), Lilium candidum. See Illust.
Butterfly lily. (Bot.) Same as Mariposa lily, in the
Lily beetle (Zool.), a European beetle (Crioceris
merdigera) which feeds upon the white lily.
Lily daffodil (Bot.), a plant of the genus Narcissus, and
Lily encrinite (Paleon.), a fossil encrinite, esp.
Encrinus liliiformis. See Encrinite.
Lily hyacinth (Bot.), a plant of the genus Hyacinthus.
Lily iron, a kind of harpoon with a detachable head of
peculiar shape, used in capturing swordfish.
Lily of the valley (Bot.), a low perennial herb
(Convallaria majalis), having a raceme of nodding,
fragrant, white flowers.
Lily pad, the large floating leaf of the water lily. [U.
Tiger lily (Bot.), Lilium tigrinum, the sepals of which
are blotched with black.
Turk's-cap lily (Bot.) Lilium Martagon, a red lily with
recurved sepals; also, the similar American lily, Lilium
Water lily (Bot.), the Nymph[ae]a, a plant with floating
roundish leaves, and large flowers having many petals,
usually white, but sometimes pink, red, blue, or yellow.
[See Illust. of Nymph[ae]a.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: any liliaceous plant of the genus Lilium having showy
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
(LIsp LibrarY) A C++ class library by Roger Sheldon
which gives C++ programmers the
capability to write Lisp-style code. Lily's garbage
collection mechanism is not sufficient for commercial use
however and the documentation is incomplete. It is
distributed under the GNU Library General Public License.
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
The Hebrew name shushan or shoshan, i.e., "whiteness", was used
as the general name of several plants common to Syria, such as
the tulip, iris, anemone, gladiolus, ranunculus, etc. Some
interpret it, with much probability, as denoting in the Old
Testament the water-lily (Nymphoea lotus of Linn.), or lotus
(Cant. 2:1, 2; 2:16; 4:5; 5:13; 6:2, 3; 7:2). "Its flowers are
large, and they are of a white colour, with streaks of pink.
They supplied models for the ornaments of the pillars and the
molten sea" (1 Kings 7:19, 22, 26; 2 Chr. 4:5). In the Canticles
its beauty and fragrance shadow forth the preciousness of Christ
to the Church. Groser, however (Scrip. Nat. Hist.), strongly
argues that the word, both in the Old and New Testaments,
denotes liliaceous plants in general, or if one genus is to be
selected, that it must be the genus Iris, which is "large,
vigorous, elegant in form, and gorgeous in colouring."
The lilies (Gr. krinia) spoken of in the New Testament (Matt.
6:28; Luke 12:27) were probably the scarlet martagon (Lilium
Chalcedonicum) or "red Turk's-cap lily", which "comes into
flower at the season of the year when our Lord's sermon on the
mount is supposed to have been delivered. It is abundant in the
district of Galilee; and its fine scarlet flowers render it a
very conspicous and showy object, which would naturally attract
the attention of the hearers" (Balfour's Plants of the Bible).
Of the true "floral glories of Palestine" the pheasant's eye
(Adonis Palestina), the ranunuculus (R. Asiaticus), and the
anemone (A coronaria), the last named is however, with the
greatest probability regarded as the "lily of the field" to
which our Lord refers. "Certainly," says Tristram (Nat. Hist. of
the Bible), "if, in the wondrous richness of bloom which
characterizes the land of Israel in spring, any one plant can
claim pre-eminence, it is the anemone, the most natural flower
for our Lord to pluck and seize upon as an illustration, whether
walking in the fields or sitting on the hill-side." "The white
water-lily (Nymphcea alba) and the yellow water-lily (Nuphar
lutea) are both abundant in the marshes of the Upper Jordan, but
have no connection with the lily of Scripture."
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Lily, SD -- U.S. town in South Dakota
Population (2000): 21
Housing Units (2000): 14
Land area (2000): 0.303393 sq. miles (0.785785 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.303393 sq. miles (0.785785 sq. km)
FIPS code: 37140
Located within: South Dakota (SD), FIPS 46
Location: 45.181496 N, 97.682783 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 57274
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.