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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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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.
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.
Five beaches - Poole Shore Road/Sandbanks, Porthmeor, Oddicombe, Swanage and Weymouth - that flew one of the first Blue Flags 30 years ago will be raising their flag again today.
All together, a record-breaking 50 Blue Flags are flying in Wales, as well as the beaches, three marinas and two boat tour operators are celebrating international success.
But Ireland still managed to hit a record high for the quality and cleanliness of coastal waters with a total of 88 Blue Flags to be raised at 81 beaches and seven marinas this summer.
Mayo is following closely behind Donegal and Kerry with 11 blue flags.
Seaburn and Roker in Sunderland regained their Blue Flags after a four-year wait.