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blue flag

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

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


n.
any of several North American irises having blue flowers.
[1775–85, Amer.]
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Noun1.blue 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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Translations
Pavillon Bleu
References in classic literature ?
If she's not here to see, it's because I've provided for her, and sent half-a-dozen gentlemen, every one of 'em with a blue flag (but not half as fine as yours), to take her, in state, to a grand house all hung round with gold and silver banners, and everything else you please, where she'll wait till you come, and want for nothing.'
"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.
From the center booth hung the yellow flag of Tepus, the famous bow bearer of the King; next to it, on one hand, was the blue flag of Gilbert of the White Hand, and on the other the blood-red pennant of stout young Clifton of Buckinghamshire.
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.
The "Blue Flag" is based on samples obtained using specific procedures.
IT'S our pride and joy and now Tynemouth has been added to a superior list of Britain's most beautiful Blue Flag beaches.
Antalya, one of Turkey's leading resort cities running along the Mediterranean coastline, has been crowned the leader in the list of cities with the most Blue Flag beaches.
THREE of the country's beaches have lost their Blue Flag status for 2019.