The Heb. word is probably a loan word from the Egyptian for the 'lotus.' In Arabic, it is s
And the capitals that were upon the top of the pillars were of lily work in the porch, four cubits.
And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work of the pillars finished.
And it was a handbreadth thick, and the brim thereof was shaped like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies: it contained two thousand baths.
And why take you thought for clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.