hy·​dril·​la | \ hī-ˈdri-lə How to pronounce hydrilla (audio) \

Definition of hydrilla

: a freshwater aquatic Asian plant (Hydrilla verticillata of the Hydrocharitaceae family) that has small narrow leaves growing in whorls of three to eight around stems which become heavily branched near the water surface

Examples of hydrilla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kerslake said bass have been spawning in the shallow area, which has lily pads, slender reeds known as buggy whips and scattered hydrilla and Kissimmee grass. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "Despite warm temperatures, bass are still spawning and creating some thrilling fishing," 1 June 2018 Sawgrass edges, thick mats of hydrilla, and other forms of river grass or pads affected by tides provide excellent habitat for bowfins. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, "How to Catch Bowfins in Rivers and Tidal Systems," 6 Apr. 2020 The biologist said the publicity brought an onslaught of fishing pressure from anglers — most armed with high-tech electronics — about the same time hydrilla in the lake began to decline due to abnormally high water during the winter and spring. Matt Williams, ExpressNews.com, "Research study following bass that go beep," 19 Dec. 2019 Paddle shallowly, Martinez advises; still, strands of hydrilla hang from my paddle. Amy Brecount White, chicagotribune.com, "On the Potomac, a ‘ghost fleet’ of wrecked ships is very much alive," 20 Sep. 2019 Soaring Over The Last Green Valley: The Return of Bald Eagles’ and updates on the health of Coventry Lake and the status of the hydrilla treatments. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 6 Sep. 2019 The shallow waters are choked by hydrilla, an invasive seaweed. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Jagged remains of more than 100 ghostly ships rest forever in Mallows Bay," 7 Aug. 2019 Topwaters work over the beds, above hydrilla and coontail that has not topped out and along hard edges like seawalls and riprap banks. Joe Songer, AL.com, "See video of a turkey hunter calling up a bobcat," 30 Apr. 2018 To get the Kissimmee grass and hydrilla to grow back, the lake level needs to be 11 feet. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "Despite warm temperatures, bass are still spawning and creating some thrilling fishing," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of hydrilla

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hydrilla

New Latin, probably from Latin Hydra Hydra

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“Hydrilla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrilla. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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