waterlily


waterlily
waterlily [wôt′ərlil΄ē]
n.
pl. waterlilies
1. any of an order (Nymphaeales) of dicotyledonous water plants having large, flat, floating leaves and showy flowers in a wide range of color
2. the flower of such a plant
adj.
designating a family (Nymphaeaceae) of waterlilies found worldwide in warm and temperate regions, including various African and Asiatic lotuses

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water lily n.
Any of various cosmopolitan aquatic herbs of the genus Nymphaea, having floating leaves and showy, variously colored flowers, especially N. odorata, with fragrant many-petaled white or pinkish flowers. Also called pond lily.

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