alligator bonnet


Definition of alligator bonnet

1 : either of two water plants of the genus Nymphaea:
a : a yellow pond lily (N. sagittaefolia)
b : a fragrant water lily (N. odorata)
2 : the flower or fruit of alligator bonnets

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First Known Use of alligator bonnet

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alligator bonnet

so called from the appearance of the blossoms and its growth in the habitat of alligators

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“Alligator bonnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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