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

  • n. Any of various cosmopolitan aquatic herbs of the genus Nymphaea, having floating leaves and showy, variously colored flowers, especially N. odorata, with fragrant many-petaled white or pinkish flowers. Also called pond lily.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various members of the Nymphaeaceae family that are tuberous plants, rooted in soil with leaves and flowers floating on the water surface.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the Nymphæa, a plant with floating roundish leaves, and large flowers having many petals, usually white, but sometimes pink, red, blue, or yellow. [See Illust. of Nymphæa.]
  • A blossom or plant of any species of the genus Nymphæa, distinguished for its large floating leaves and beautiful flowers. See nymphæa.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the genus Castalia (Nymphæa), which contains about 25 species distributed nearly throughout the world, but most freely in the northern hemisphere and the tropics.
  • n. The pond-lily, or yellow water-lily, Nymphæa (Nuphar) lutea. See pond-lily.
  • n. In general, any plant of the order Nymphæaceæ, the water-lily family. See the phrases below.

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

  • n. an aquatic plant of the family Nymphaeaceae


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  • He moved upstream and found ragged and yellowing water lily leaves decaying on top of a small pond.

    Renegade's Magic


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