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Fleur-de-lis   /flər-di-lɪs/   Listen
Fleur-de-lis

noun
1.
Plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals.  Synonyms: flag, iris, sword lily.
2.
(heraldry) charge consisting of a conventionalized representation of an iris.  Synonym: fleur-de-lys.






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"Fleur-de-lis" Quotes from Famous Books



... The lily, or fleur-de-lis, is the national flower of France. Lopped the French lilies is a poetical way of ...
— Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 5 • Charles Sylvester

... as in a Powder-tower, where fire unquenched and now unquenchable is smoking and smouldering all round, has Louis XV. lain down to die. With Pompadourism and Dubarryism, his Fleur-de-lis has been shamefully struck down in all lands and on all seas; Poverty invades even the Royal Exchequer, and Tax-farming can squeeze out no more; there is a quarrel of twenty-five years' standing with the Parlement; everywhere Want, ...
— The French Revolution • Thomas Carlyle

... procured several bottles of Gallipoli champagne. The barber with the poetic beard leaped to his feet, as fluent in welcoming us as he had been in protestations a few evenings before, while the aesthetic young man smiled pensively down at a long-stemmed fleur-de-lis which he slowly twirled in his fingers. The cashier of a Constantinople department store sang ...
— Antwerp to Gallipoli - A Year of the War on Many Fronts—and Behind Them • Arthur Ruhl

... the family coat-of-arms, the husband's coronet was to figure, or the wife's; but, as she would not change her name, her arms, she decided, could remain as heretofore,—the crown, the fleur-de-lis, and so forth. ...
— The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete • Madame La Marquise De Montespan

... old, adobe-walled Mexican garden. All around it, close against the brown bricks, the fleur-de-lis stand white and stately, guarded by their tall green lances. The sun's rays are already powerful, though it is early spring, and I am glad to take my book under the shade of the orange-trees. In the dark leaf-canopy above me shine the delicate star-like flowers, the ...
— Children's Rights and Others • Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin

... in describing the scout sign, referred to it as neither an arrow-head nor a fleur-de-lis, though resembling both, but as a modified form of the sign of the north on ...
— Tom Slade with the Colors • Percy K. Fitzhugh



Words linked to "Fleur-de-lis" :   yellow iris, bearded iris, Iris cristata, dwarf iris, bulbous iris, iridaceous plant, vernal iris, Iris versicolor, Iris pseudacorus, Iris verna, bearing, yellow water flag, Iris foetidissima, English iris, Iris xiphioides, charge, blue flag, stinking gladwyn, Persian iris, yellow flag, Iris persica, Iris virginica, southern blue flag, roast beef plant, genus Iris, sword lily, stinking iris, gladdon iris, beardless iris, armorial bearing, heraldic bearing, gladdon, flag, heraldry



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