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

  • n. One of the floating leaves of a water lily.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The round leaf of a water lily, which floats on the surface of the water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the large floating leaf of the water lily.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The broad leaf of a water-lily, especially as it lies upon the water in its place of growth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. floating leaves of a water lily

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  • "In the course of any year, there must be relatively few countries on this planet on which U.S. soldiers do not set foot, whether with guns blazing, humanitarian aid in hand, or just for a friendly visit. In startling numbers of countries, our soldiers not only arrive, but stay interminably, if not indefinitely. Sometimes they live on military bases built to the tune of billions of dollars that amount to sizeable American towns (with accompanying amenities), sometimes on stripped down forward operating bases that may not even have showers. When those troops don't stay, often American equipment does -- carefully stored for further use at tiny 'cooperative security locations,' known informally as lily pads (from which U.S. troops, like so many frogs, could assumedly leap quickly into a region in crisis)."
    - Tom Engelhardt, 'Going on an Imperial Bender', 4 Sep 2008.

    September 5, 2008