Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the aquatic genus Nymphæa (Nuphar); a coarse plant with yellow glo bular flowers, and large shining leaves floating or erect (more fully, yellow pond-lily; also yellow water-lily); spatterdock. N. lutea is the common European plant; N. advena, the common species of eastern North America. The yellow pond-lily of Oregon, etc., is N, polysepala, the largest species of the genus, with flowers sometimes 5 inches across, and having large nutritious seeds largely gathered by the Indians. See
- n. A plant of the American species of Castalia (Nymphæa). the white pond-lily, more properly called water-lily. See Nymphæa, 2.
“The splashing continues, and, to our surprise, an enormous bull moose comes in sight, the water dripping from his ill-shaped nose and mouth, and a long piece of pond-lily root dangling down, upon one end of which he is chewing.”
“As we drew nigh we could see that its smooth waters were thickly dotted with the pure blossoms of the pond-lily.”
“Wall, son," -- Kayak's hazel eyes twinkled -- "I just couldn't 'figger out for a minute whether I was a clam ... or a pond-lily.”
“If you pinch the thick stems, water will ooze out, for they are partly hollow, like the pond-lily stem.”
“All the flowers were cool and still; the calla breathless and quiet; the pond-lily shut; the roses full of dew and perfume; the clematis languid and luxuriant.”
“The _ta-wah-pah_, with a stem, leaf, and yellow flower, like the pond-lily, is found in the lakes, in water and mud, from four to five feet deep.”
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“He honored certain plants with special regard, and, over all, the pond-lily, -- then, the gentian, and the _Mikania scondens_, and”
“Some assimilate none but good influences, and their emblem is the fragrant and spotless pond-lily, whose very breath is a blessing to all the region round about ....”
“The yellow water-lily spreads its broad, flat leaves upon its surface; and the fragrant white pond-lily occurs in many favored spots, -- generally selecting a situation just so far from the river's brink, that it cannot be grasped except at the hazard of plunging in.”
“A perfect pond-lily is the most satisfactory of flowers.”
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