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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.
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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
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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.
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A dark, chestnut-sized bulb, grown in water. Used in Oriental cooking.
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|Noun||1.||water chestnut - a plant of the genus Trapa bearing spiny four-pronged edible nutlike fruits|
|2.||water 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 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
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