Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various small, submersed plants of the genus Elodea, having narrow, whorled or opposite leaves and small axillary flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.

  • noun submerged freshwater perennials

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Elōdea, genus name, from Greek helōdēs, marshy, from helos, marsh.]

Examples

  • 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.

    December skeeters

  • 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.

    December skeeters

  • Late spring I played God and altered the local flora--I bought 3 sprigs of elodea.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • Now I keep a sprig of elodea, a fast growing water plant, next to the candle.

    Pooped

  • So I pull out yards and yards of elodea, and along with it snails and daphnia and copepods and stentorians and paramecia.

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • 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.

    The Big Idea

  • 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.

    Mr. Clam goes to BHS

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