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mermaid weed

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  1. any of several North American, aquatic plants of the genus Proserpinaca, having pinnately dissected leaves either above or below the water.

Origin of mermaid weed

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20
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Historical Examples

  • One of the most common plants is the mermaid-weed (Proserpinaca).

    Harper's Young People, August 24, 1880