lily pad

noun

Definition of lily pad

: a floating leaf of a water lily

Examples of lily pad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In waters like Guntersville and Eufaula, where there is abundant grass, lily pads and moss beds, the frog-fishing bite will turn on as well as more fish return to the shallows. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: Get ready for fall fishing pattern when, or if, weather cools," 27 Sep. 2019 To our left was the seven-hundred-year-old Oude Delft canal, its still surface covered with lily pads and floating trash. Dan Kois, The New Yorker, "How I Learned to Cycle Like a Dutchman," 13 Sep. 2019 While her life since then looks strategic and linear, Power spent her early years hopping onto different lily pads in the human-rights pond, from journalism to law to academia to nonprofits. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power Has a Lot of Stories to Tell—and No Problem Talking," 5 Sep. 2019 Palm fronds and lily pads — nature’s sedative — are all over the place. Chris Erskinecolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "I invited Mary Ann to a Gilligan-themed tiki party — and she showed up," 22 Aug. 2019 Guests arriving at the Lotusland Celebrates: Memoirs of a Garden gala meandered the footpaths surrounding the koi pond, where orange- and black-speckled fish could be spotted darting between lily pads and glinting in the late-afternoon sun. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, "Lotusland gala raises $500,000 in high style," 29 July 2019 But by July 9, Piper wrote the duckling was accepting small pieces of fish from its adoptive parents, plus snacking on plants like lily pads on its own. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Loons in northern Wisconsin are raising a mallard duckling after they lost their own chick," 24 July 2019 The dabbed bits of green represent lily pads, while patches of purple suggest the ways in which light levels and reflections can lend a rich palette to an outdoor scene. Mike Giuliano, baltimoresun.com, "Resident artists in spotlight at Howard County Arts Council show," 6 June 2019 The way the stem attaches underneath the leaf is described as peltate; lily pads, lotus, and the common lawn weed Hydrocotyle also show peltate foliage. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "What flower tolerates poor soil, little water and Miami’s summers — and is edible?," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of lily pad

1814, in the meaning defined above

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“Lily pad.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lily%20pad. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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lily pad

noun

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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