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  1. the iris flower or plant.
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Origin of flower-de-luce

1630–40; Anglicization of French fleur de lis
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Historical Examples

  • Among these are the equitant leaves of the Iris or Flower-de-Luce.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • Both are related to the flower-de-luce, the stately lily of France.

  • "The maids don't think it respectable to dance at The Flower-de-Luce," he explained.

  • The blackberry bushes were white with bloom and the gardens of the farm-houses gay with peonies and flower-de-luce.

  • Along the shore are sweet wild roses interpleached, and flower-de-luce, and yellow water-lilies.

    John Greenleaf Whittier

    W. Sloane Kennedy

British Dictionary definitions for flower-de-luce


noun plural flowers-de-luce
  1. an archaic name for iris (def. 2), lily (def. 1)
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Word Origin

C16: anglicized variant of French fleur de lis
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