water lily

noun
Updated on: 25 May 2018

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

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First Known Use of water lily

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WATER LILY Defined for English Language Learners

water lily

Definition of water lily for English Language Learners

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


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water lily

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

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