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hydrilla

[hahy-dril-uh]
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noun
  1. a submerged aquatic plant, Hydrilla verticillata, native to the Old World, that has become a pest weed in U.S. lakes and waterways.
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Origin of hydrilla

< New Latin (1814), the genus name, equivalent to Latin hydr(a) hydra + -illa diminutive suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for hydrilla

hydrilla

noun
  1. any aquatic plant of the Eurasian genus Hydrilla, growing underwater and forming large masses: used as an oxygenator in aquaria and pools. It was introduced in the S US where it has become a serious problem, choking fish and hindering navigation
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Word Origin

C20: New Latin, probably from hydra
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