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Common clue: Fleur-de-___;
Lille lily; French flower; Easter fleur; Flower on a French
2 times a year
in English language:
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fleur-de-lys is a stylized design of either an iris or a lily and
is used both decoratively and symbolically. It may be purely
ornamental or it may be "at one and the same time political,
dynastic, artistic, emblematic and symbolic", especially in
heraldry. While it has appeared on countless European coats of
arms and flags over the centuries, the fleur-de-lis is
particularly associated with the French monarchy on a historical
context, and nowadays with the Spanish monarchy as the only
remaining monarchs of the House of Bourbon (Anjou Bourbon). It is
an enduring symbol of France, but, being regarded most notably as
the emblem of the monarchy, was not adopted officially by any of
the French republics. On the contrary, as Spain is a
constitutional monarchy, the fleur-de-lis symbol is associated
with the Spanish King Juan Carlos I (of French dynasty origin)
and the Kingdom of Spain. In North America, the fleur-de-lis is
often associated with areas formerly settled by France, such as
Quebec and Louisiana and with the Francophones in other Canadian
provinces. It is also the emblem of the Swiss Municipality of
appears on military insignia and the logos of many different
organizations, and during the 20th century it was adopted by
various Scouting organizations worldwide for their badges.
Architects and designers may use it alone or as a repeated motif
in a wide range of contexts, from ironwork to bookbinding. As a
religious symbol it may represent the Holy Trinity, or be an
iconographic attribute of the archangel Gabriel, notably in
representations of the Annunciation. It is also associated with
the Virgin Mary.
Hurricane Katrina, the fleur de lis has become the unifying (and
somewhat defiant) symbol for citizens of New Orleans. The symbol
has always been a presence in Louisiana but has become ubiquitous
of late. Bearing the symbol on houses, clothing, jewelry, cars,
etc. is widely viewed as a symbol of the rebuilding of the city
and as a reminder of home.
symbol is also often used on a compass rose to mark the north
direction, a tradition started by Flavio Gioja.
mentioned, the fleur-de-lys has become a symbol of unification.
Many modern couples get married and often engrave this symbol on
wedding bands or wedding rings. This engraving is used as a
symbol to display a fusion of the two individuals as becoming
united as a whole family.
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