['lɪlɪ] or ['lɪli]
(noun.) any liliaceous plant of the genus Lilium having showy pendulous flowers.
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(n.) 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.
(n.) 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.
(n.) 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.
n. a bulbous plant with showy and fragrant flowers.—adj. resembling a lily: pure.—adjs. Liliā′ceous pertaining to lilies; Lil′ied adorned with lilies: resembling lilies.—n. Lil′y-en′crinite same as Stone-lily (see Encrinite).—adj. Lil′y-hand′ed having hands white as the lily.—n. Lil′y-hy′acinth a bulbous perennial plant with blue flowers.—adjs. Lil′y-liv′ered white-livered: cowardly; Lil′y-white white as the lily.—Lily of the valley a very beautiful flower of the lily genus.
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To dream of a lily, denotes much chastisement through illness and death. To see lilies growing with their rich foliage, denotes early marriage to the young and subsequent separation through death. To see little children among the flowers, indicates sickness and fragile constitutions to these little ones. For a young woman to dream of admiring, or gathering, lilies, denotes much sadness coupled with joy, as the one she loves will have great physical suffering, if not an early dissolution. If she sees them withered, sorrow is even nearer than she could have suspected. To dream that you breathe the fragrance of lilies, denotes that sorrow will purify and enhance your mental qualities.
To dream of a water lily, or to see them growing, foretells there will be a close commingling of prosperity and sorrow or bereavement.
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- And I'm bound to say Lily DOES distract it: I believe he'd marry her tomorrow if he found out there was anything wrong with Bertha. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- Where Judy Trenor led, all the world would follow; and Lily had the doomed sense of the castaway who has signalled in vain to fleeing sails. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- Lily received this with fresh appreciation; his nonsense was like the bubbling of her inner mood. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- IF YOU WOULD FORGIVE YOUR ENEMY, says the Malay proverb, FIRST INFLICT A HURT ON HIM; and Lily was experiencing the truth of the apothegm. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- And it was so delightful that this higher degree of sympathy should be reached through their interest in Lily Bart! Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- Lily was feeling unusually virtuous. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- Well, I understand Lily is about to assume them in the shape of Mr. Rosedale, Mrs. Fisher said with a laugh. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- Compared with the vast gilded void of Mrs. Hatch's existence, the life of Lily's former friends seemed packed with ordered activities. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- The sight stirred Lily with an irresistible sense of triumph. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- Lily murmured her commiseration. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- Do you know, Lily, the more I think of my idea the better I like it--quite as much for you as for myself. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- She paused, and went on, dropping her glance from Lily's: He wouldn't stay with her ten minutes if he KNEW---- Knew----? Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- It resulted, at any rate, in throwing Lily strangely on her own resources. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- Lily took no sleeping-drops that night. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- At seven he painted the Battle of Waterloo with tiger-lily pollen and black-currant juice, in the absence of water-colours. Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- He turned into his florist's to send her the daily box of lilies-of-the-valley which, to his confusion, he found he had forgotten that morning. Edith Wharton. The Age of Innocence.
- It's so delicious--waking every morning to smell lilies-of-the-valley in one's room! Edith Wharton. The Age of Innocence.
- Turning again at the water-lilies, he saw her coming, and advanced to meet her. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- With breathless amaze I entered on the gay scene, whose actors were --the lilies glorious as Solomon, Who toil not, neither do they spin. Mary Shelley. The Last Man.
- He had never seen any as sun-golden before, and his first impulse was to send them to May instead of the lilies. Edith Wharton. The Age of Innocence.
- Lilies-of-the-valley, she said calmly, cost two dollars a dozen at this season. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- Wild roses red as dawn When nymphs awaken, Frail lilies white and wan As love forsaken. Fergus Hume. The Island of Fantasy.
- Just some jonquils or lilies-of-the-valley-- Mrs. Bart stared. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- And when its lilies turned to roses--when it blushed under the sun's first kiss--it was beautiful beyond all description. Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- Hanging lights made emerald caverns in the depths of foliage, and whitened the spray of a fountain falling among lilies. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.