from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See fanwort.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of aquatic plants, known as water-shields, of the natural order Nymphæaccæ, with small shield-shaped floating leaves and finely dissected submerged ones, and small trimerous flowers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. alternatively, a member of the family Nymphaeaceae; a small genus of American aquatic plants


American Spanish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • The aquatic plants of the neighborhood may be kept in the aquarium, -- such things as myriophyllums, charas, eel-grass, duckmeats or lemnas, cabomba or fish grass, arrow-leafs or sagittaria, and the like; also the parrot's feather, to be bought of florists (a species of myriophyllum).

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