lily pad


Definition of lily pad

: a floating leaf of a water lily

Examples of lily pad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hotaki is among the approximately 2,900 people who are at lily pad locations overseas that the United States used to process evacuees prior to their arrival to the US. Priscilla Alvarez, CNN, 29 Dec. 2021 Next to Zack, in the padded area near the lily pad in the older children’s playground, stood Daniel, a 7-year-old but a few inches shorter than his opponent. Joshua David Stein, Curbed, 8 July 2021 Laboriously paced, the indulgent jolts and bloodless scares, neither deeply rooted nor artfully raised, float as lifelessly as a lily pad on a bog. Robert Daniels, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2021 In the image, Cotton sits next to an in-progress diorama of birds in a Nile marsh, carefully sculpting a lily pad by hand. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Mar. 2020 Curtains of Spanish moss hang limply from cypress trees; frogs croak from their lily pad perches, and lazy alligators float through backwater channels. Dallas News, 4 May 2020 The ships are meant to operate as lily pads, allowing helicopters to launch from more distant, more expensive aircraft carriers and amphibious ships to reach their destination, using the ESB as a refueling point. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 7 Apr. 2020 Mills had for decades hopped from one gilded lily pad to another in the Knicks organization without experiencing much discernible success on the court. Michael Powell, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2020 Add a handful to salads for a refreshing crunch akin to watercress, or use the large lily pad–like foliage for a quick-cooking variation on dolmas. Kat Craddock, Saveur, 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of lily pad

1814, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lily pad was in 1814

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31 Dec 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of lily pad

: a large, floating leaf of a plant (called a water lily) that grows in the water of a pond or pool

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