water chestnut

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Related to water caltrops: Trapa bicornis

water chestnut

n.
1.
a. A tropical Asian aquatic sedge (Eleocharis dulcis) having cylindrical stems and widely cultivated for its edible corm.
b. The crisp nutty corm of this plant, used in Asian cooking.
2. A floating aquatic plant (Trapa natans) native to Eurasia and Africa, cultivated as an ornamental and for its edible four-pronged nutlike fruit, and occurring widely as an aquatic weed. Also called caltrop, water caltrop.

water chestnut

n
1. (Plants) Also called: water caltrop a floating aquatic onagraceous plant, Trapa natans, of Asia, having four-pronged edible nutlike fruits
2. (Plants) Chinese water chestnut a Chinese cyperaceous plant, Eleocharis tuberosa, with an edible succulent corm
3. (Cookery) the corm of the Chinese water chestnut, used in Oriental cookery

wa′ter chest`nut


n.
1. any of several aquatic plants of the genus Trapa, family Trapaceae, with an edible, nutlike fruit, esp. T.natans of the Old World.
2. the fruit itself. Also called wa′ter cal`trop.

water chestnut

A dark, chestnut-sized bulb, grown in water. Used in Oriental cooking.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.water chestnut - a plant of the genus Trapa bearing spiny four-pronged edible nutlike fruitswater chestnut - a plant of the genus Trapa bearing spiny four-pronged edible nutlike fruits
genus Trapa, Trapa - small genus of Eurasian aquatic perennial herbs: water chestnut
Jesuits' nut, Trapa natans, water caltrop - a variety of water chestnut
ling, ling ko, Trapa bicornis - water chestnut whose spiny fruit has two rather than 4 prongs
aquatic plant, hydrophyte, hydrophytic plant, water plant - a plant that grows partly or wholly in water whether rooted in the mud, as a lotus, or floating without anchorage, as the water hyacinth
2.water chestnut - Chinese sedge yielding edible bulb-shaped tuberswater chestnut - Chinese sedge yielding edible bulb-shaped tubers
water chestnut - edible bulbous tuber of a Chinese marsh plant
spike rush - a sedge of the genus Eleocharis
3.water chestnut - edible bulbous tuber of a Chinese marsh plantwater chestnut - edible bulbous tuber of a Chinese marsh plant
Chinese water chestnut, Eleocharis dulcis, water chestnut - Chinese sedge yielding edible bulb-shaped tubers
tuber - a fleshy underground stem or root serving for reproductive and food storage
Translations

water chestnut

ncastagna d'acqua
References in periodicals archive ?
Don't confuse rough, thin-skinned water chestnut corms with water caltrops (Trapa bicornis, ling gok in Chinese); the two are not related but both may be labeled water chestnuts.