- [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.
- [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.
- 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. ]
- [Auction Bridge] A royal spade; -- usually in pl. See Royal spade, below.
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 Japan.
Etymology: AS. lilie, L. lilium, Gr. lei`rion. Cf. Flower-de-luce