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water lily

noun
1.
any of various aquatic plants of the genus Nymphaea, species of which have large, disklike, floating leaves and showy flowers, especially N. odorata, of America, or N. alba, of Europe.
2.
any related plant of the genus Nuphar.
3.
a plant of the water lily family.
4.
the flower of any such plant.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50
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  • Her water lily headdress and decorated mat denote royal lineage.
  • The dark sky leaving the area shows a three-foot diameter water lily with new collected water.
  • The mysterious disappearance of the blue water lily.
  • Scientists have long praised the lotus leaf, better known as the water lily, for its water-resistant and self-cleaning properties.
  • Yellow water lily leaves are much more oval than the white water lily, which has a circular leaf.
British Dictionary definitions for water lily

water lily

noun
1.
any of various aquatic plants of the genus Nymphaea and related genera, of temperate and tropical regions, having large leaves and showy flowers that float on the surface of the water: family Nymphaeaceae
2.
any of various similar and related plants, such as the yellow water lily
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