duck·​weed | \ ˈdək-ˌwēd How to pronounce duckweed (audio) \

Definition of duckweed

: a small floating aquatic monocotyledonous plant (family Lemnaceae, the duckweed family)

Examples of duckweed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To make up for any deficiency, dieters are asked to consume what's known as Wolffia globosa, or a byproduct of duckweed, an aquatic plant. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the ‘Green’ Mediterranean Diet? How to Tweak the Program for Better Results," 7 Dec. 2020 Scientists have learned that duckweed can produce almost the same amount of protein as soybeans, soak up heavy metals and be revived after months or years in a freezer, Harkess said. Lee Roop |, al, "Scientists want to step up DNA editing to make Alabama crops better," 1 Sep. 2020 Demmig-Adams and her colleagues are exploring the best possible ways to grow duckweed. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Space Weed Could Keep Astronauts Healthy," 16 July 2020 The tricky thing about growing duckweed (and all plants) in space is getting the conditions just right in order to maximize productivity and nutrient growth. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Space Weed Could Keep Astronauts Healthy," 16 July 2020 And God was not waiting for artists among tupelo gum trees or brackish marsh or duckweed. Zachary Fine, The New York Review of Books, "Swampland Sublime: The Landscapes of Louisiana," 8 Feb. 2020 Plants include bacopa, elodea, stream moss, duckweed, azolla and ludwigia. Janene Holzberg,, "Howard County students inspire future caretakers of the natural world," 3 Sep. 2019 Matt Lake said about 100 fish died recently in an isolated incident in the 21-acre lake when the heat index rose to 110 degrees the day after the lake was treated for algae, duckweed and other noxious weeds. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "About 100 fish found dead in Bon Aire Lake: Merrillville official," 13 July 2018 Water lilies and duckweed turned the water green near the mouth of Monument Brook. Porter Fox, New York Times, "On a Canoe Trip Along the U.S.-Canada Border, Solitude and Shooting Stars," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of duckweed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Duckweed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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