from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various small, submersed herbs of the genus Elodea, having grasslike leaves.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several underwater freshwater perennials, of the genus Elodea, that have grasslike leaves; ditchmoss or pondweed
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. submerged freshwater perennials
The science is in the elodea a water plant bubbling away on the windowsill when the sun hits it, the Newton's cradle clinking for the 27th time by a curious student.
So I pull out yards and yards of elodea, and along with it snails and daphnia and copepods and stentorians and paramecia.
My pond's CO2/O2 ratio bounces daily as the elodea converts carbon dioxide to plant stuff, snapping oxygen atoms off few gazillion water molecules as the sun shines.
Now I keep a sprig of elodea, a fast growing water plant, next to the candle.
Late spring I played God and altered the local flora--I bought 3 sprigs of elodea.
At any rate, the slugs and the flies and and the elodea spent most of their short day doing what most of us are wont to do--grabbing some energy, increasing our likelihood of reproducing, or burrowing until the sun returns.
Descent with modification led to this--a clam in a beaker with a strip of elodea, me with a laser pointer and a sometimes functioning SMART Board.
I filled it with tap water just before Thanksgiving, let it sit for a few days, then tossed in elodea from the puddle in my backyard.
We have yet to put together a filter from the variety of pumps and tubes that accumulate in ancient school building, so the tiny critters that hitched a ride on the elodea are still flitting about the tank.
"Milfoil, hydrilla, elodea, and even lily pads can be intimidating," says veteran Florida bass pro Shaw Grigsby, "but there are certain features bass prefer, and once you learn to recognize them, locating the fish is much easier."
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