lily of the valley


noun, plural lilies of the valley.

a plant, Convallaria majalis, having an elongated cluster of small, drooping, bell-shaped, fragrant white flowers.

Origin of lily of the valley

First recorded in 1555–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of lily of the valley

  • Those who designate the tree as lily-of-the-valley have in mind the flowers.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • She is in her grave, let us gather there the lily-of-the-valley, O gu, the Marguerite.

    The Book of Masks

    Remy de Gourmont

  • The lily-of-the-valley was gone; he had no idea where he had lost it, nor could he now stay to inquire.


    Henry Sydnor Harrison

  • Near him, just inside the wall, was a bed of lily-of-the-valley.

    The Dreamer

    Mary Newton Stanard

  • The Lily-of-the-Valley, on the other hand, is said to have been found by Apollo and given by him to sculapius, the leech.

British Dictionary definitions for lily of the valley

lily of the valley

noun plural lilies of the valley

a small liliaceous plant, Convallaria majalis, of Eurasia and North America cultivated as a garden plant, having two long oval leaves and spikes of white bell-shaped flowers
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