Definition of madonna lily in US English:

madonna lily


  • A tall white-flowered lily with golden pollen. Native to Asia Minor, it is traditionally associated with purity and is often depicted in paintings of the Madonna.

    Lilium candidum, family Liliaceae

    • ‘Lilium candidum, the madonna lily is the oldest known lily, and was most likely the first flower to have been used as a cut flower.’
    • ‘I'm of European origin, and one thing I can say is that the Madonna lily is extremely common there, barely a garden without it.’
    • ‘The Madonna Lily, when it is immune from disease, to which it is very prone, has a vigorous constitution, being so hardy that frost does not injure it.’


madonna lily

/məˈdänə ˈˌlilē/