floating-heart

floating heart

noun
1.
any of certain aquatic plants belonging to the genus Nymphoides, of the gentian family, especially N. aquatica, having floating, more or less heart-shaped leaves and a cluster of small, white, five-petaled flowers.
2.
a related plant, Nymphoides cordata, of North America, having a cluster of white flowers and round or somewhat oval leaves that are purple beneath.

Origin:
1855–60, Americanism

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floating heart
 
n
any perennial aquatic freshwater plant of the genus Nymphoides, esp N. lacunosum, having floating heart-shaped leaves: family Menyanthaceae

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