royal water lily

royal water lily

noun
a water lily, Victoria amazonica (or V. regia ), of the Amazon River and British Guiana, having floating leaves from three to six feet (0.9 to 1.8 meters) wide, the upturned margins from two to four inches (5 to 10 cm) high, and dull crimson flowers.
Also called water platter.


Origin:
1865–70

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