Definitions

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  • n. A plant or weed that grows in rivers.
  • n. A species of Equisetum.
  • n. The yellow frog lily (Nuphar luteum).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant or weed that grows in rivers; a species of Equisetum; also, the yellow frog lily (Nuphar luteum).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A local English name for one or more species of Equisetum, or horsetails, given because some of the kinds are employed in polishing tin cans and other metallic vessels.
  • n. The yellow water-lily, Nuphar luteum: so called from its dock-like leaves and flagon-shaped seed-vessels.

Etymologies

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Probably can +‎ dock (see dock ("a plant")). Compare German Kannenkraut ("horsetail"), literally "canweed".

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