fleur-de-lis

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fleur-de-lis

A stylized three-petal flower representing the French royal lily, tied by an encircling band and used as an ornamental device in late Gothic architecture and in later derivatives. See also: Ornament

fleur-de-lis

of France. [Flower Symbolism: Halberts, 28]

fleur-de-lis

symbol of the trinity; resembles lily. [Christian Symbolism: EB, IV: 182]
See: Trinity
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This marvellous thing carries the arms of France in its decoration and has some beautiful ormolu mouldings obviously from a fine artist.
There are Bourbon lilies everywhere, the arms of France and Lucca and of the provinces of France emblazoned on heraldic shields, standing figures of celestial warriors, while the heroes of French history--Gaston de Foix, Bayard, Olivier de Clisson and Xaintrailles--standing guard over the caskets painted with twenty famous women including Ste Radegonde and Joan of Arc.