from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of monocotyledonous floating water-plants of the order Araceæ, constituting the tribe Pistioideæ.
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- n. pantropical floating plant forming a rosette of wedge-shaped leaves; a widespread weed in rivers and lakes
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It is in the eddy coves, under the points and turning of the river, where the surface of the waters for some acres is covered with the leaves of the Nymphea, pistia and other amphibious herbs and grass, where the haunts and retreats of this famous fish are, as well as others of various tribes.
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