duckweed

noun
duck·​weed | \ˈdək-ˌwēd \

Definition of duckweed 

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

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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 The sleek design of the lures allow them to be run through all sorts of emergent weeds as well as through mats of duckweed, hyacinth, lily pads and other bassy cover, usually without catching debris. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Time to get a buzz on for fall bass," 17 Sep. 2017 With the incredible diversity of flowers that exist today—from pinprick-sized duckweed to the meters-high blooms of a corpse flower— Patrick Monahan, Science | AAAS, "The world’s first flower may have looked like this," 1 Aug. 2017 The gators, though, are the draw, and there are more than 100 lurking in the waters blanketed in lime-green duckweed. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Roadside attractions: 50 things to do when traveling State Road 50," 20 July 2017 Duckweed — so called because ducks eat it — is a flowering aquatic plant that floats on or just below the surface of still bodies of water, while watermeal is the world’s smallest flowering plant. Hector Argüello Canals, National Geographic, "A Green Way to Clean Ponds," 17 June 2016 After the use of the chemical diquat, the duckweed turns brown and sinks to the bottom, which can nourish unkilled weeds, effectively making matters worse. Hector Argüello Canals, National Geographic, "A Green Way to Clean Ponds," 17 June 2016 Duckweed can be used for wastewater treatment, in biofuels, and as a protein-and-mineral-rich feedstock. Hector Argüello Canals, National Geographic, "A Green Way to Clean Ponds," 17 June 2016

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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