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pond lily

any of several water lilies, as the common water lily, Nymphaea odorata, or the spatterdock.
Origin of pond lily
1740-50, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • But I went out on one of those large leaves that the pond-lily has, and which lie and float; on it I wanted to row over to him.

    Arne: Early Tales and Sketches Bjornstjerne Bjornson
  • All was reflected in the pools—which lay like glass whereon a scene-painter had cut the green hearts of the pond-lily leaves.

    The Secret of the Night Gaston Leroux
  • Its placid surface reflects peak and snow, cloud and sky, and mingling with these are the green and gold of pond-lily glory.

    Wild Life on the Rockies Enos A. Mills
  • Some are afraid of roses, and I have known those who thought a pond-lily a disagreeable neighbor.

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Hawthorne named the craft "pond-lily," because it brought so many cargoes of that beautiful flower to decorate his home.

    Literary Shrines Theodore F. Wolfe
  • It was the hour for Gwyn to read to her mother, who was already waiting in the pond-lily garden.

    Sisters Grace May North
  • They were white, and they showed as plainly in the water as a pond-lily does on the top of it.

    Among the Pond People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • So my uncle he rowred up the river to a pond-lily pond, and he got some roots and sold them.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • We went down to the boat-house and hired a skiff and rowed up the river to the pond-lily pond.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • He's got ten of them elevators now, and—he's got almost ten trillion-billion pond-lily roots in them.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
British Dictionary definitions for pond-lily

pond lily

another name for water lily
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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