blue flag

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noun

any North American plant of the genus Iris, especially I. versicolor: the state flower of Tennessee.

Nearby words

  1. blue dogwood,
  2. blue dome cyst,
  3. blue duck,
  4. blue ensign,
  5. blue false indigo,
  6. blue flash,
  7. blue flu,
  8. blue fox,
  9. blue funk,
  10. blue funk, in a

Origin of blue flag

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85

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Examples from the Web for blue flag

  • Here are calamus patches, and alder thickets, and sedges without number; and the prickly carex and blue-flag abound on every side.

    Pastoral Days|William Hamilton Gibson


British Dictionary definitions for blue flag

Blue Flag

noun

an award given to a seaside resort that meets EU standards of cleanliness of beaches and purity of water in bathing areas
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