nymphaeaceous

nymphaeaceous

[nim-fee-ey-shuhs]
adjective
belonging to the Nymphaeaceae, the water lily family of plants.


Origin:
< Neo-Latin Nymphaeace(ae) (Nymphae(a) the type genus (Latin: the water lily (< Greek nymphaîa, noun use of feminine of nymphaîos, sacred to the nymphs; see nymphaeum)) + -aceae -aceae) + -ous

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nymphaeaceous (ˌnɪmfɪˈeɪʃəs)
 
adj
of, relating to, or belonging to the Nymphaeaceae, a family of plants, including the water lilies, that grow in water or marshes and have typically floating leaves and showy flowers
 
[from New Latin, from Latin nymphaea water lily, ultimately from Greek numphaios sacred to nymphs]

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