from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of monocotyledonous aquatic plants, type of the order Pontederiace√¶, characterized by the funnel-shaped and two-lipped corolla, six stamens, versatile anthers, and compound ovary with one cell and One ovule.

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  • n. pickerelweed


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  • In July, the blue pontederia or pickerel-weed blooms in large beds in the shallow parts of our pleasant river, and swarms with yellow butterflies in continual motion.

    Nature: Addresses and Lectures (1849)

  • The fisherman, meanwhile, stands in three feet of water, under the same summer's sun, arbitrating in other cases between muckworm and shiner, amid the fragrance of water-lilies, mint, and pontederia, leading his life many rods from the dry land, within a pole's length of where the larger fishes swim.

    A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

  • a feeding-place, where they dive from the edge of the ice and in a minute or less reappear with a mussel or a mouthful of pontederia or water-lily leaves, climb back on to the ice and sit up to nibble their food, handling it very much like squirrels or marmots.

    The Story of My Boyhood and Youth


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