One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1predicative or postpositive Decorated with fleurs-de-lis.
- ‘Plain ‘school’ radiators are popular, but some wonderfully fancy, over-the-top, decorative and even flory flourishes can also appear on old radiators.’
- ‘A semé or semy of fleur de lis can be described as fleury, but that can cause confusion as fleury is also used to describe a decoration of the ends of a cross (cross fleury or croix fleury).’
- 1.1 (of a cross) having the end of each limb splayed out into three pointed lobes.
- ‘This is a black fleury cross pewter charm.’
- ‘Foliage like flames surrounds the base of a fleury cross.’
- ‘The cross located on the roof is a mix between Celtic and fleury design, with the circle in the center representing eternity and the lily petals on the arms representing life.’
Decorated with fleurs-de-lis set in alternating directions.
- ‘The crest has a red Scottish lion with a fleury counter fleury collar resembling the tressure in the arms of that country.’
- ‘The double tressure, fleury-counter-fleury, is part of the royal arms and is apparently granted only as a mark of royal favor.’
Late Middle English: from Old French floure, from flour ‘flower’.
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