water lily


Definition of water lily

: any of various aquatic plants (especially genera Nymphaea and Nuphar of the family Nymphaeaceae, the water-lily family) with floating leaves and usually showy flowers broadly : an aquatic plant (such as a water hyacinth) with showy flowers

Examples of water lily in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Anderson and Mullen bought the property in 1991, Olmsted’s water lily pools, the garden’s central feature, had crumbled. Clint Clemens, Town & Country, 30 Apr. 2021 In the early days of Bohanna, a snack business, Nadine C. Habayeb roasted popped water lily seeds in her South End apartment oven then seasoned and bagged samples herself. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Apr. 2021 Contestants ranging from amateurs to industrial design firms submitted proposals for cups made from mushrooms, rice husks, water lily pads, corn leaves and artificial spider silk. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, 6 Apr. 2021 The cafe will offer charcuterie boards, both savory and sweet, featuring vegan products like BE-hive pepperoni, Herbivorous Butcher deli slices, and AshaPops, which are popped water lily seeds. Erin Booke, Dallas News, 19 Mar. 2021 When candied, Chinese lotus seeds are denser, nuttier, and more starchy, while AshaPops puff their water lily seeds into a lighter, fluffier popcorn-alternative. Amber Gibson, Bon Appétit, 26 Feb. 2021 According to Kelley, day-to-day Kate loves to wear Jo Malone London’s Orange Blossom, with notes of clementine flower, white lilac, water lily, and orriswood. Rachel Burchfield, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Dec. 2020 The barcarole that sentimentally takes Pierrot home back to Bergamo, with a moonbeam for a rudder and a water lily for a boat, gets its sinister, otherworldly wind for its sails from the full quintet up to its eerie tricks. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2020 In the powder room, crystal wall sconces look like they’re set in water lily leaves. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 17 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of water lily

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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13 May 2021

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“Water lily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20lily. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of water lily

: a plant that grows in water with round, floating leaves and large flowers

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Kids Definition of water lily

: a water plant with rounded floating leaves and showy often fragrant flowers

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