Ca·​bom·​ba | \ kəˈbämbə \

Definition of Cabomba

: a small genus of American aquatic plants (family Nymphaeaceae) comprising the water shield and having minute white or yellow flowers and submerged dissected leaves as well as peltate floating ones

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First Known Use of Cabomba

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Cabomba

New Latin, from Spanish cabomba, a South American aquatic plant

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“Cabomba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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