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  1. the genus comprising the day lilies.
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Origin of Hemerocallis

1615–25; < New Latin < Greek hēmerokallís, equivalent to hēméra day + kállos beauty
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Examples from the Web for hemerocallis

Historical Examples

  • Day Lily is a name applied also to species of Hemerocallis, which are yellow-flowered lilies.

    The Practical Garden-Book

    C. E. Hunn

  • Hemerocallis fulva and flava, interchanging by bud-variation, i. 386.

  • This day lily (hemerocallis fulva) is sister to the familiar and showy lemon lily of old gardens (hemerocallis flava).

    The Garden, You, and I

    Mabel Osgood Wright

  • Another very poor combination that is in my garden, much to my sorrow, is hemerocallis and siberica iris.

British Dictionary definitions for hemerocallis


  1. See day lily
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Word Origin

from Greek hemera day + kallos beautiful
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