[ fil-is ]


  1. a name used in pastoral literature, as the Eclogues of Vergil, for a country girl or sweetheart.
  2. Also Phyliss. a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “green leaf.”

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Because Taylor Energy was set up as a sole proprietorship, its income and losses flowed through to Phyllis’ personal taxes.

My mother, Phyllis, the fourth of six children, grew up in Linstead, Jamaica, a landlocked hamlet 12 miles north of Spanish Town, a large “second city” to Kingston.

A spinoff, “Phyllis,” aired on CBS from 1975 to 1977, featuring her as a decidedly ungrieving widow in San Francisco.

Her friends Phyllis Cunningham, 75, and Eva-Lee Baird, 74, stood with her.

Phyllis, who was a nurse, went down to Mississippi to provide medical care for people like Joan.

The crusty conservative battle-ax Phyllis Schlafly is giving speeches saying that Obama worships government like a god.

Phyllis is a short, stocky, enraged-seeming woman with a high, strident voice and piercing stare.

I nod my head and try to concentrate on what Phyllis is telling me, but my eye keeps wandering across her yard.

Guess Virginia hasnt come out of the bank yet, Phyllis said, looking the length of the street and not seeing the western girl.

Phyllis reached over, picked up the gun, and leveled it calmly at the bandits.

Mr. Wilson handed a small caliber revolver each to Gale and Phyllis.

Ill never get used to that noise if I stay here a hundred years, declared Phyllis.

As Gale and Phyllis lay down on their bed of boughs in the tent with Valerie, a coyote howled dismally in the distance.