What are fleur-de-lis?

  • (noun): Plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals.
    Synonyms: iris, flag, sword lily
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The fleur-de-lis or fleur-de-lys (plural: fleurs-de-lis) is a stylized lily (in French, fleur means flower, and lis means lily) or iris that is used as a decorative design or symbol. It may be "at one and the same time, religious, political, dynastic, artistic, emblematic, and symbolic", especially in French heraldry. It is represented in Unicode at U+269C (⚜) in the Miscellaneous Symbols block.

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More definitions of "fleur-de-lis":

  • (noun): (heraldry) charge consisting of a conventionalized representation of an iris.
    Synonyms: fleur-de-lys