Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of monocotyledonous plants, of the order Hydrocharideæ, type of the tribe Vallisnerieæ.
  • n. [lowercase] A plant of this genus.

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  • n. eelgrass; eel grass

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Examples

  • The decaying leaves of the vallisneria produced a slime which began to affect the fish injuriously: this it was necessary to get quit of.

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 445 Volume 18, New Series, July 10, 1852

  • So luxuriant was the growth of the vallisneria under these circumstances, that by the autumn the one solitary plant originally introduced had thrown out very numerous offshoots and suckers, thus multiplying to the extent of upwards of thirty-five strong plants, and these threw up their long spiral flower-stems in all directions, so that at one time more than forty blossoms were counted lying on the surface of the water.

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 445 Volume 18, New Series, July 10, 1852

  • A naturalist, who had studied this subject, thought it not impossible that the first insects were the anthers and stigmas of flowers, which had by some means loosened themselves from their parent plant, like the male flowers of vallisneria, and that other insects in process of time had been formed from these, some acquiring wings,

    Canto II

  • The male flowers of vallisneria approach still nearer to apparent animality, as they detach themselves from the parent plant, and float on the surface of the water to the female ones.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • A naturalist, who had studied this subject, thought it not impossible that the first insects were the anthers and stigmas of flowers, which had by some means loosened themselves from their parent plant, like the male flowers of vallisneria, and that other insects in process of time had been formed from these, some acquiring wings, others fins, and others claws, from their ceaseless efforts to procure food or to secure themselves from injury.

    The Temple of Nature; or, the Origin of Society A Poem, with Philosophical Notes

  • _vallisneria_, and once or twice it remained for a considerable time motionless.

    The Hunters' Feast Conversations Around the Camp Fire

  • _vallisneria_ -- a grass-like plant, standing several feet out of the water, with deep green leaves, and stems, and having a white and tender root.

    The Hunters' Feast Conversations Around the Camp Fire

  • 1 These three ducks ares: 1st, Anasboscas; 2d, Aristonetta vallisneria; 3d,

    Original journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806

  • "I saw that the pochards did not interfere with either of the other species, contenting themselves with feeding upon what neither of the others cared for -- the green leaves of the _vallisneria_, which, after being stripped of their roots, were floating in quantities on the surface of the water.

    The Hunters' Feast Conversations Around the Camp Fire

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