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  Dictionary Definition of lily

lily

-- noun ( plural lilies )
1. any plant of the genus Lilium, comprising scaly-bulbed herbs with showy funnel-shaped or bell-shaped flowers of various colours, as L. tigrinum, tiger lily, and L. longiflorum, November lily.
2. the flower or the bulb of such a plant.
3. any plant with similar flowers as Amaryllis belladonna, belladonna lily.
4. ® fleur-de-lis.
5. ( derogatory ) a man who does not conform to some conventional notion of masculinity, as an artist, a homosexual, etc.
-- adjective
6. white as a lily.
7. delicately fair.
8. pure; unsullied.
9. pale.
-- phrase
10. like a lily on a dustbin, Colloquial alone; neglected: She sat in the corner like a lily on a dustbin.
[ME and OE lilie, from L lilium; cf. Greek leírion ]