wa·​ter·​leaf | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌlēf How to pronounce waterleaf (audio) , ˈwä- \
plural waterleafs\ ˈwȯ-​tər-​ˌlēfs How to pronounce waterleafs (audio) , ˈwä-​ \

Definition of waterleaf

: any of a genus (Hydrophyllum of the family Hydrophyllaceae, the waterleaf family) of perennial or biennial North American woodland herbs with lobed or pinnate toothed leaves and cymes of bell-shaped flowers

Examples of waterleaf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mottled fronds of waterleaf came next, followed by mayapples unfurling their glossy umbrellas and the extravagant white of the first trilliums. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A balm for coronavirus anxiety: Milwaukee's wild places, where the rhythms of nature are steady as ever," 30 Apr. 2020 On the other side of the path, a clump of waterleaf (Hydrophyllum canadense) was thriving against a tree stump. Washington Post, "How the National Arboretum got its ferns and became a civic treasure," 29 Oct. 2019 Thompson’s broadleaf lupine, Columbia desert parsley, Thompson’s waterleaf, and Hood River milkvetch. Sunset, "Where to See Wildflowers This Season," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of waterleaf

1737, in the meaning defined above

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“Waterleaf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterleaf. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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