from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A familiar garden-plant of the genus Hemerocallis: so called because the beauty of its flowers rarely lasts over one day.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • 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.

    The Mammoth Hunters

  • This was the "Lady Washington," and much resembled a snowy day-lily with an odor of tuberoses.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864

  • 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.)

    A Brother To Dragons and Other Old-time Tales


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.