from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A natural family of dicot aquatic plants.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An order of dicotyledonous polypetalous plants, the water-lily family, classed with the cohort Ranales, typified by the genus Nymphæa, and characterized by the usually thickened receptacle, and embryo with thick cotyledons partly immersed in mealy albumen.
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- n. dicot aquatic plants
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Nymphaeaceae syn: N. caerulea Savigny, N. capensis Thunb.
Dicotyledons, which includes only the families of Nymphaeaceae and Gramineae.
But the presence of a second cotyledon in grasses is extremely doubtful, and though there may be ground for reconsidering the position of Nymphaeaceae, their association with the grasses as
Matthew Baugh: Flame Lily, Nymphaeaceae-flammiferum