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 for Convallaria majalis
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lily \Lil"y\ (l[i^]l"[y^]), n.; pl. Lilies (l[i^]l"[i^]z).
     [AS. lilie, L. lilium, Gr. lei`rion. Cf. Flower-de-luce.]
     1. (Bot.) A plant and flower of the genus Lilium,
        endogenous bulbous plants, having a regular perianth of
        six colored pieces, six stamens, and a superior
        three-celled ovary.
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     Note: There are nearly fifty species, all found in the North
           Temperate zone. Lilium candidum and Lilium
           longiflorum are the common white lilies of gardens;
           Lilium Philadelphicum is the wild red lily of the
           Atlantic States. Lilium Chalcedonicum is supposed to
           be the "lily of the field" in our Lord's parable;
           Lilium auratum is the great gold-banded lily of
           Japan.
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     2. (Bot.) A name given to handsome flowering plants of
        several genera, having some resemblance in color or form
        to a true lily, as Pancratium, Crinum, Amaryllis,
        Nerine, etc.
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     3. That end of a compass needle which should point to the
        north; -- so called as often ornamented with the figure of
        a lily or fleur-de-lis.
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              But sailing further, it veers its lily to the west.
                                                    --Sir T.
                                                    Browne.
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     4. (Auction Bridge) A royal spade; -- usually in pl. See
        Royal spade, below.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     African lily (Bot.), the blue-flowered Agapanthus
        umbellatus.
  
     Atamasco lily (Bot.), a plant of the genus Zephyranthes
        ({Zephyranthes Atamasco), having a white and pink
        funnelform perianth, with six petal-like divisions
        resembling those of a lily. --Gray.
  
     Blackberry lily (Bot.), the Pardanthus Chinensis, the
        black seeds of which form a dense mass like a blackberry.
        
  
     Bourbon lily (Bot.), Lilium candidum. See Illust.
  
     Butterfly lily. (Bot.) Same as Mariposa lily, in the
        Vocabulary.
  
     Lily beetle (Zool.), a European beetle ({Crioceris
        merdigera) which feeds upon the white lily.
  
     Lily daffodil (Bot.), a plant of the genus Narcissus, and
        its flower.
  
     Lily encrinite (Paleon.), a fossil encrinite, esp.
        Encrinus liliiformis. See Encrinite.
  
     Lily hyacinth (Bot.), a plant of the genus Hyacinthus.
  
     Lily iron, a kind of harpoon with a detachable head of
        peculiar shape, used in capturing swordfish.
  
     Lily of the valley (Bot.), a low perennial herb
        ({Convallaria majalis), having a raceme of nodding,
        fragrant, white flowers.
  
     Lily pad, the large floating leaf of the water lily. [U.
        S.] --Lowell.
  
     Tiger lily (Bot.), Lilium tigrinum, the sepals of which
        are blotched with black.
  
     Turk's-cap lily (Bot.) Lilium Martagon, a red lily with
        recurved sepals; also, the similar American lily, Lilium
        superbum.
  
     Water lily (Bot.), the Nymph[ae]a, a plant with floating
        roundish leaves, and large flowers having many petals,
        usually white, but sometimes pink, red, blue, or yellow.
        [See Illust. of Nymph[ae]a.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  May \May\, n. [F. Mai, L. Maius; so named in honor of the
     goddess Maia (Gr. Mai^a), daughter of Atlas and mother of
     Mercury by Jupiter.]
     1. The fifth month of the year, containing thirty-one days.
        --Chaucer.
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     2. The early part or springtime of life.
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              His May of youth, and bloom of lustihood. --Shak.
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     3. (Bot.) The flowers of the hawthorn; -- so called from
        their time of blossoming; also, the hawthorn.
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              The palm and may make country houses gay. --Nash.
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              Plumes that mocked the may.           --Tennyson.
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     4. The merrymaking of May Day. --Tennyson.
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     Italian may (Bot.), a shrubby species of Spiraea
        ({Spiraea hypericifolia) with many clusters of small
        white flowers along the slender branches.
  
     May apple (Bot.), the fruit of an American plant
        ({Podophyllum peltatum). Also, the plant itself
        (popularly called mandrake), which has two lobed leaves,
        and bears a single egg-shaped fruit at the forking. The
        root and leaves, used in medicine, are powerfully drastic.
        
  
     May beetle, May bug (Zool.), any one of numerous species
        of large lamellicorn beetles that appear in the winged
        state in May. They belong to Melolontha, and allied
        genera. Called also June beetle.
  
     May Day, the first day of May; -- celebrated in the rustic
        parts of England by the crowning of a May queen with a
        garland, and by dancing about a May pole.
  
     May dew, the morning dew of the first day of May, to which
        magical properties were attributed.
  
     May flower (Bot.), a plant that flowers in May; also, its
        blossom. See Mayflower, in the vocabulary.
  
     May fly (Zool.), any species of Ephemera, and allied
        genera; -- so called because the mature flies of many
        species appear in May. See Ephemeral fly, under
        Ephemeral.
  
     May game, any May-day sport.
  
     May lady, the queen or lady of May, in old May games.
  
     May lily (Bot.), the lily of the valley ({Convallaria
        majalis).
  
     May pole. See Maypole in the Vocabulary.
  
     May queen, a girl or young woman crowned queen in the
        sports of May Day.
  
     May thorn, the hawthorn.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Convallamarin \Con*val`la*ma"rin\
     (k[o^]n*v[a^]l`l[.a]*m[=a]"r[i^]n), n. [Convallaria + L.
     amarus bitter.] (Chem.)
     A white, crystalline, poisonous substance, regarded as a
     glucoside, extracted from the lily of the valley
     ({Convallaria Majalis). Its taste is first bitter, then
     sweet.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Convallaria majalis
      n 1: low-growing perennial plant having usually two large oblong
           lanceolate leaves and a raceme of small fragrant nodding
           bell-shaped flowers followed by scarlet berries [syn: lily
           of the valley, May lily, Convallaria majalis]

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