wa·​ter·​leaf ˈwȯ-tər-ˌlēf How to pronounce waterleaf (audio)
plural waterleafs ˈwȯ-tər-ˌlēfs How to pronounce waterleaf (audio)
: 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

Example Sentences

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, 30 Apr. 2020 On the other side of the path, a clump of waterleaf (Hydrophyllum canadense) was thriving against a tree stump. Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2019 Thompson’s broadleaf lupine, Columbia desert parsley, Thompson’s waterleaf, and Hood River milkvetch. Sunset, 22 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1737, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of waterleaf was in 1737

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“Waterleaf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterleaf. Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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