nym·​phaea | \ nimˈfēə \

Definition of nymphaea

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1 capitalized : the type genus of the family Nymphaeaceae including numerous typical water lilies with sometimes fragrant flowers that have four green sepals and numerous petals which are as large as the sepals in the outer whorls and diminish centrally to the size and appearance of stamens and occur in white, pink to red, blue, and yellow in various members of the genus
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Nymphaea


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Definition of Nymphaea (Entry 2 of 2)

taxonomic synonym of nuphar

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History and Etymology for nymphaea


New Latin, from Latin, water lily, from Greek nymphaia; akin to Greek nymphē bride, nymph

New Latin, from Latin, water lily

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“Nymphaea.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nymphaea. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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