browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

lilymore about lily


  6  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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. 
  {African  lily}  (Bot.),  the  blue-flowered  {Agapanthus 
  {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 
  {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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Lily  \Lil"y\,  n.  (Auction  Bridge) 
  A  royal  spade;  --  usually  in  pl  See  {Royal  spade},  below. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  any  liliaceous  plant  of  the  genus  Lilium  having  showy 
  pendulous  flowers 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
  Lily,  KY 
  Zip  code(s):  40740 
  Lily,  SD  (town,  FIPS  37140) 
  Location:  45.18138  N,  97.68118  W 
  Population  (1990):  26  (19  housing  units) 
  Area:  1.1  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  57274 
  Lily,  WI 
  Zip  code(s):  54445 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  (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}. 
  Version:  0.1. 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  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." 

more about lily