[syn: tiger lily, leopard lily, pine lily, Lilium catesbaei]
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3 definitions retrieved:
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.]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Tiger \Ti"ger\, n. [OE. tigre, F. tigre, L. tigris, Gr. ti`gris;
probably of Persian origin; cf. Zend tighra pointed, tighri
an arrow, Per. t[imac]r; perhaps akin to E. stick, v. t.; --
probably so named from its quickness.]
1. A very large and powerful carnivore (Felis tigris)
native of Southern Asia and the East Indies. Its back and
sides are tawny or rufous yellow, transversely striped
with black, the tail is ringed with black, the throat and
belly are nearly white. When full grown, it equals or
exceeds the lion in size and strength. Called also royal
tiger, and Bengal tiger.
2. Fig.: A ferocious, bloodthirsty person.
As for heinous tiger, Tamora. --Shak.
3. A servant in livery, who rides with his master or
4. A kind of growl or screech, after cheering; as, three
cheers and a tiger. [Colloq. U. S.]
5. A pneumatic box or pan used in refining sugar.
American tiger. (Zool.)
(a) The puma.
(b) The jaguar.
Clouded tiger (Zool.), a handsome striped and spotted
carnivore (Felis macrocelis or Felis marmorata) native
of the East Indies and Southern Asia. Its body is about
three and a half feet long, and its tail about three feet
long. Its ground color is brownish gray, and the dark
markings are irregular stripes, spots, and rings, but
there are always two dark bands on the face, one extending
back from the eye, and one from the angle of the mouth.
Called also tortoise-shell tiger.
Mexican tiger (Zool.), the jaguar.
Tiger beetle (Zool.), any one of numerous species of active
carnivorous beetles of the family Cicindelidae. They
usually inhabit dry or sandy places, and fly rapidly.
Tiger bittern. (Zool.) See Sun bittern, under Sun.
Tiger cat (Zool.), any one of several species of wild cats
of moderate size with dark transverse bars or stripes
somewhat resembling those of the tiger.
Tiger flower (Bot.), an iridaceous plant of the genus
Tigridia (as Tigridia conchiflora, Tigridia
grandiflora, etc.) having showy flowers, spotted or
streaked somewhat like the skin of a tiger.
Tiger grass (Bot.), a low East Indian fan palm (Chamaerops
Ritchieana). It is used in many ways by the natives. --J.
Smith (Dict. Econ. Plants).
Tiger lily. (Bot.) See under Lily.
Tiger moth (Zool.), any one of numerous species of moths of
the family Arctiadae which are striped or barred with
black and white or with other conspicuous colors. The
larvae are called woolly bears.
Tiger shark (Zool.), a voracious shark (Galeocerdo
tigrinus syn. Galeocerdo maculatus) more or less barred
or spotted with yellow. It is found in both the Atlantic
and Indian Ocean. Called also zebra shark.
Tiger shell (Zool.), a large and conspicuously spotted
cowrie (Cypraea tigris); -- so called from its fancied
resemblance to a tiger in color and markings. Called also
Tiger snake (Zool.), either of two very venomous snakes of
Tasmania and Australia, Notechis scutatis and Notechis
ater, which grow up to 5 feet in length.
Tiger wolf (Zool.), the spotted hyena (Hyaena crocuta).
Tiger wood, the variegated heartwood of a tree (Machaerium
Schomburgkii) found in Guiana.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: east Asian perennial having large reddish-orange black-
spotted flowers with reflexed petals [syn: tiger lily,
devil lily, kentan, Lilium lancifolium]
2: lily of southeastern United States having cup-shaped flowers
with deep yellow to scarlet recurved petals [syn: tiger
lily, leopard lily, pine lily, Lilium catesbaei]