from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The American white water-lily, Castalia (Nymphæa) odorata.
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And they were lucky; in a little pond they found enough water-cabbage that it covered the entire surface; Idalia quickly pulled in plenty of the leaf clumps with their trailing bundles of hairy roots, heaping them carefully in her basket.
"Just about full enough to stock," Idalia decided, floating the water-cabbage out into the center of the pond.