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 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, "The Chicago Field Museum Celebrates the Work of African American Taxidermist Carl Cotton," 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, "Beyond Yosemite: Four state parks to seek out off the beaten vacation path," 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, "Why Army Helicopters Are Launching From a Navy Ship," 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, "‘Sell the Team!’ Please, for the Sake of Mets and Knicks Fans," 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, "10 Flavor-Packed Leaves From Around the World to Bring Into Your Kitchen," 25 May 2017 Whistle Stop Wash is the waterpark's activity pool, with basketball, lily pads and swimming. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When it's too cold to swim outside, check out one of these indoor waterparks in Wisconsin," 16 Jan. 2020 The story goes that Brown’s wife made the cookies as big as the lily pads that frogs sat on in a pond outside the restaurant. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "It’s time you made Joe Froggers, the molasses cookies that are fun to say and eat," 2 Dec. 2019 The yard filled up with a quarter foot of water, as if somewhere a levee had collapsed, and the heads of coyote mint and monkey flower became lily pads. Wes Enzinna, Harper's magazine, "Gimme Shelter," 19 Nov. 2019

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1814, in the meaning defined above

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“Lily pad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 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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