: a genus (the type of the family Elatinaceae) of aquatic or amphibious creeping herbs having dimerous to tetramerous flowers

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, a kind of plant, from Greek elatinē, from feminine of elatinos of the silver fir, from elatē silver fir; perhaps akin to Armenian elevin cedar, Russian yalovets juniper

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“Elatine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Elatine. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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