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 Depending on the time of day and the season, the color palette of each of his water lily paintings varied according to the sunlight. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 27 July 2022 Botanists discovered that a water lily in London's Royal Botanic Gardens is an entirely new species. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 9 July 2022 Biologists have found a new species of giant water lily hiding in plain sight. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 July 2022 Seeds of the new giant water lily arrived at the Kew Gardens after horticulturalists at the Santa Cruz de La Sierra Botanic Garden and La Rinconada Gardens in Bolivia donated them in 2016. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 July 2022 Clarins’s ultra-concentrated body serum unveils a youthful glow with natural plant extracts including antioxidant-rich christophine, soothing water lily, and exfoliating hibiscus flower. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 24 May 2022 The faint, elusive scent of a nighttime water lily, or the acrid punch of fresh dung. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 22 Mar. 2022 According to Ayurvedic traditions, water lily seeds have anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties and have been consumed throughout India for thousands of years. Bon Appétit, 21 Dec. 2021 This body wash and lotion duo is scented with Philosophy’s Pure Grace, a warm fragrance with water lily and crisp botanicals, and serves as a thoughtful reminder to loved ones who are in need of a daily reset. Michella Oré, Vogue, 25 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of water lily

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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5 Aug 2022

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“Water lily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20lily. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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