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Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Lily Lil"y (l[i^]l"[y^]), n.; pl. Lilies (-[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 three-celled ovary. Note: There are nearly fifty species, all found in the North Temperate zone. Lilium candidum and L. longiflorum are the common white lilies of gardens; L. Philadelphicum is the wild red lily of the Atlantic States; L. Chalcedonicum is supposed to be the ``lily of the field'' in our Lord's parable; L. auratum is the great gold-banded lily of Japan. 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, Nerine, etc. 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. --Sir T. Browne. African lily (Bot.), the blue-flowered Agapanthus umbellatus. Atamasco lily (Bot.), a plant of the genus Zephyranthes (Z. 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 Vocabulary. Lily beetle (Zool.), a European beetle (Crioceris merdigera) which feeds upon the white lily. Lily daffodil (Bot.), a plant of the genus Narcissus, and its flower. 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.



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