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Related to water plantain: Alisma, Alisma plantago-aquatica

water plantain

n.
Any of various aquatic plants of the genus Alisma, having narrow to ovate leaves and branched panicles with whorls of small flowers.

[From plantain, because the leaves of the water plaintain resemble those of plants of the genus Plantago (the name water plantain perhaps originating as a translation of New Latin plantāgō aquātica : plantāgō, plantain + aquātica, aquatic).]
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water plantain

n
(Plants) any of several marsh plants of the genus Alisma, esp A. plantago-aquatica, of N temperate regions and Australia, having clusters of small white or pinkish flowers and broad pointed leaves: family Alismataceae
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Noun1.water plantain - marsh plant having clusters of small white or pinkish flowers and broad pointed or rounded leaveswater plantain - marsh plant having clusters of small white or pinkish flowers and broad pointed or rounded leaves
Alisma, genus Alisma - small genus of aquatic or semiaquatic plants
ribbon-leaved water plantain - a variety of water plantain
narrow-leaved water plantain - a variety of water plantain
bog plant, marsh plant, swamp plant - a semiaquatic plant that grows in soft wet land; most are monocots: sedge, sphagnum, grasses, cattails, etc; possibly heath
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