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blue flag

Any of several irises having blue or blue-violet flowers, especially Iris versicolor of eastern North America.

Blue Flag

(Environmental Science) an award given to a seaside resort that meets EU standards of cleanliness of beaches and purity of water in bathing areas

blue′ flag`

any of several North American irises having blue flowers.
[1775–85, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: flag - a common iris of the eastern United States having blue or blue-violet flowersblue flag - a common iris of the eastern United States having blue or blue-violet flowers; root formerly used medicinally
fleur-de-lis, iris, sword lily, flag - plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals
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Estella waved a blue flag, and I waved a red one, and Miss Havisham waved one sprinkled all over with little gold stars, out at the coach-window.
Instead of the white lily, which requires mud, or the common sweet flag, the blue flag (Iris versicolor) grows thinly in the pure water, rising from the stony bottom all around the shore, where it is visited by hummingbirds in June; and the color both of its bluish blades and its flowers and especially their reflections, is in singular harmony with the glaucous water.
In the minds of both the passengers the blue flag appeared a sinister token, and this the moment for presentiments, but nevertheless they rose, gathered their things together, and climbed on deck.
I found his chapel down among the shipping, in one of the narrow, old, water-side streets, with a gay blue flag waving freely from its roof.
There was a regular army of blue flags, some with one handle, and some with two, exhibiting appropriate devices, in golden characters four feet high, and stout in proportion.
THREE North Wales resorts have made the top 20 in a review site's list of favourite Blue Flag beaches in the UK.
COUNCILLORS have bought a "state-ofthe-art rake" in an effort to ensure the North East coast maintain its Blue Flag beaches.
However, before, taking part in the Blue Flag ceremony, children got informed on how they can keep the coast and the sea clean and then participated in the cleaning of the beach.
THREE of Ireland's most popular beaches have been stripped of their coveted Blue Flag status after a dip in water quality.
The Blue Flag is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that a beach or marina meets its standards in water quality, safety, environmental education and information, the provision of services and general environmental management criteria.
A total of 132 Welsh beaches have been recognised in the 2015 coastal awards, with 41 given the highest accolade, a Blue Flag, eight more than in 2014.
Meanwhile, Swansea won the only Blue Flag for a marina in Wales.