Days after his Inaugural, on January 29, 2009, President Obama signed the lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay law.
“lilly… Ledbetter…” we whisper to ourselves as we frown at men.
President Obama could have reminded the public that the first bill he signed into law was the lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
In 2005, I found myself working as a public services assistant at Indiana University's rare books library, The lilly Library.
“She is the smartest, most knowledgeable female out there,” lilly Ledbetter says.
lilly looked down a dimly lighted corridor, from which the cold air blew upon her.
I did not,' said lilly; 'nor was desirous; of that I made no scrutiny.
In the midst of her sad disenchantment lilly had to burst out laughing.
What do you think if the lilly, or some other ship of war, was to fall in with us?
lilly felt she had to throw herself over toward him just to be nearer to him.
Old English lilie, from Latin lilia, plural of lilium "a lily," cognate with Greek leirion, both perhaps borrowed from a corrupted pronunciation of an Egyptian word. Used in Old Testament to translate Hebrew shoshanna and in New Testament to translate Greek krinon. As an adjective, 1530s, "white, pure, lovely;" later "pale, colorless" (1580s).
Also from the Latin word are German lilie, French lis, Spanish lirio, Italian giglio. The lily of the valley translates Latin lilium convallium (Vulgate), a literal rendition of the Hebrew term in Song of Solomon ii:1. It apparently was applied to a particular plant (Convallaria majalis) first by 16c. German herbalists. Lily pad is from 1834, American English.