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fleur-de-lis

[ flur-dl-ee, -ees, floor-; French flœr-duh-lees ]
/ ˌflɜr dlˈi, -ˈis, ˌflʊər-; French flœr dəˈlis /
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noun, plural fleurs-de-lis [flur-dl-eez, floor-; French flœr-duh-lees]. /ˌflɜr dlˈiz, ˌflʊər-; French flœr dəˈlis/.

a heraldic device somewhat resembling three petals or floral segments of an iris tied by an encircling band.
the heraldic bearing of the royal family of France.
the iris flower or plant.

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Origin of fleur-de-lis

1300–50; <French; replacing Middle English flourdelis<Anglo-French flour de lis, literally, lily flower
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