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 From Lake Guntersville, Captain Mike Gerry reports good action at dawn on Tight-Line swim jigs, Picasso Spinner baits and SPRO frogs around the eel grass and hydrilla. Frank Sargeant, al, 4 June 2021 These carp live several years and eat the hydrilla, but are unable to reproduce. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 25 Mar. 2021 When native vegetation is stripped, other invasive species, like hydrilla, can move in and make the area homogenous. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, 25 Mar. 2021 Those fed hydrilla with the cyanobacteria got brain lesions like the eagles. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 25 Mar. 2021 Wilde points to recent success managing the weed without chemicals, by stocking lakes with fish that eat hydrilla. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 25 Mar. 2021 Don't dump bait or water from one location to another, as fragments of hydrilla can mingle with it. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, 25 Mar. 2021 Those measures, along with a yearslong drought, wiped out the hydrilla completely. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 25 Mar. 2021 To confirm that hunch, Wilde and colleagues fed hydrilla to mallards in the lab. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 25 Mar. 2021

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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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8 Jun 2021

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“Hydrilla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrilla. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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