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fleur-de-lys

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

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fleur-de-lys

fleur-de-lis

/ (ˌflɜːdəˈliː) /

noun plural fleurs-de-lys or fleurs-de-lis (ˌflɜːdəˈliːz)

heraldry a charge representing a lily with three distinct petals
another name for iris (def. 2)

Word Origin for fleur-de-lys

C19: from Old French flor de lis, literally: lily flower
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