from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Hottonia, primarily H. palustris: so called from the likeness of its flowers to those of the stock-gillyflower, once called violet. Britten and Holland. See featherfoil.
- n. Sometimes, same as lance-leafed violet (which see, under violet).
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Its English name is water-violet, -- not a fitting name for it, because this plant is not at all related to the violet tribe, but is one of the primrose family; so we should more correctly call it water-primrose.
And in her long wet hair were the white flowers of the water-violet, and she held a reed mace in her hand.
_hottonia_, or water-violet, the water-villarsia, more elegant even than the water-lilies, the flowering rush, with a crown of bright rose-pink flowers.
The very waters are strewn with flowers: the buck-bean, the water-violet, the elegant flowering rush, and the queen of the waters, the pure and splendid white lily, invest every stream and lonely mere with grace. "[