from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A familiar garden-plant of the genus Hemerocallis: so called because the beauty of its flowers rarely lasts over one day.
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There were small hard apples, sweet and spicy wild carrots, peeled, gnarled roots of starchy groundnuts, pitted dried cherries, dried but still green day-lily buds, round green milk vetch dried in the pod, dried mushrooms, dried stalks of green onions, and some unidentifiable dried leaves and slices.
This was the "Lady Washington," and much resembled a snowy day-lily with an odor of tuberoses.
Ah kingly kiss – no more regret nor old deep memories to mar the bliss; where the low sedge is thick, the gold day-lily outspreads and rests beneath soft fluttering of red swan wings and the warm quivering of the red swan's breast.
(My lady was never one for wearing gloves, yet the sun seemed no more to think o 'scorching her fair hands than the leaves of a day-lily.)