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water lilyor wa·ter·lil·y (wô′tər-lĭl′ē, wŏt′ər-)
Any of various ornamental aquatic plants of the family Nymphaeaceae and especially of the genera Nymphaea and Nuphar, having large floating leaves and showy, variously colored flowers. Also called pond lily.
1. (Plants) any of various aquatic plants of the genus Nymphaea and related genera, of temperate and tropical regions, having large leaves and showy flowers that float on the surface of the water: family Nymphaeaceae
2. (Plants) any of various similar and related plants, such as the yellow water lily
1. any of various aquatic plants of the genus Nymphaea, species of which have large, disklike, floating leaves and showy flowers, esp. N. odorata, of America, or N. alba, of Europe.
2. any related plant of the genus Nuphar.
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|Noun||1.||water lily - an aquatic plant of the family Nymphaeaceae|
fragrant water lily, Nymphaea odorata, pond lily, water nymph - a water lily having large leaves and showy fragrant flowers that float on the water; of temperate and tropical regions
Egyptian water lily, Nymphaea lotus, white lotus, white lily, lotus - white Egyptian lotus: water lily of Egypt to southeastern Africa; held sacred by the Egyptians
cow lily, Nuphar advena, spatterdock, yellow pond lily - common water lily of eastern and central North America, having broad leaves and globe-shaped yellow flowers; in sluggish fresh or slightly brackish water
Nuphar sagittifolium, southern spatterdock - of flowing waters of the southeastern United States; may form obstructive mats in streams
Indian lotus, lotus, Nelumbo nucifera, sacred lotus - native to eastern Asia; widely cultivated for its large pink or white flowers
American lotus, Nelumbo lutea, water chinquapin, yanquapin - water lily of eastern North America having pale yellow blossoms and edible globular nutlike seeds
Cabomba caroliniana, fanwort, water-shield - common aquatic plant of eastern North America having floating and submerged leaves and white yellow-spotted flowers
Brasenia schreberi, water-shield, water-target - aquatic plant with floating oval leaves and purple flowers; in lakes and slow-moving streams; suitable for aquariums
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
lily pad - floating leaves of a water lily