from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of monocotyledonous aquatic plants, type of the order Pontederiaceæ, 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.
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 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.