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Definition of lily noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



(pl. lilies)
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  • a large white or brightly colored flower with petals that curl back from the center. There are many types of lilies. tiger lilies see also daylily, water lily
  • Idioms
    gild the lily
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    to spoil something that is already good or beautiful by trying to improve it Some people add a little brandy to the recipe but I think this is gilding the lily.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: lily