Simple Definition of water chestnut
: the white root of a plant that grows in water and that is often used in Chinese cooking
Full Definition of water chestnut
1 : any of a genus (Trapa, especially T. natans of the family Trapaceae, the water-chestnut family) of Old World aquatic herbs sometimes grown as ornamentals; also : its edible nutlike spiny fruit
2 : a whitish crunchy vegetable used especially in Chinese cooking that is the peeled and often sliced tuber of a sedge (Eleocharis dulcis syn. E. tuberosa) native to Asia but widely cultivated elsewhere; also : the tuber or the sedge itself
First Known Use of water chestnut
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