plural noun Nym·phae·a·ceae \ˌnim(p)fēˈāsēˌē\

Definition of Nymphaeaceae

  1. :  a family of aquatic plants (order Ranales) having long-stalked often peltate leaves, large flowers with 3 to 5 sepals and numerous petals and stamens, and polycarpellary indehiscent fruit and comprising the water lilies — see nelumbo, nuphar, nymphaea, victoria



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Origin and Etymology of nymphaeaceae

New Latin, from Nymphaea, type genus + -aceae

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