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1. (esp in medieval Europe) an association of men sharing the same interests, such as merchants or artisans: formed for mutual aid and protection and to maintain craft standards or pursue some other purpose such as communal worship
2. Ecology a group of plants, such as a group of epiphytes, that share certain habits or characteristics
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A place of assembly for a society of craftsmen or merchants for their mutual assistance; an outgrowth of similar medieval organizations or guilds.
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If this is slightly gilding the lily, there is no doubt that Warsaw 1920 was a significant event that deserves more attention than it has received from historians.
You may think that this is overkill or even gilding the lily of just paying attention.
Going above those points is, well, gilding the lily for anyone who is interested in the solid reproduction of good music.
There are certain aspects to this story that do not sound altogether credible, and you're left with the impression that the authors might have been gilding the lily to enhance MIG's involvement.
Ludovic's tiny-voiced interior monologue is perhaps gilding the lily, but there is a warmth and charm to these creatures that has largely been missing from Hoedeman's films for the past decade or so.
It would be gilding the lily to heap new praise on Bo Carpelan for I det sedda (In What Is Seen), his sixteenth book of lyrics: the diction, as ever, is quietly elegant, the tone quietly elegiac, the concerns those we know from the past (nature, memories, relationships, music, aging) and here captured by an eye (and heart) as vigilant as ever before.
Although it might seem like gilding the lily, it is quite often necessary to paint over electroplated coatings.
With a car this colourful, that would surely be gilding the lily.
I've always thought Joyce Kilmer was gilding the lily a bit when he made this the opening line of one of his best-known poems: "I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.''
I think it's gilding the lily a touch, given the sweetness of the dessert itself, but it's up to you entirely.