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water lily

any of various aquatic plants of the genus Nymphaea, species of which have large, disklike, floating leaves and showy flowers, especially N. odorata, of America, or N. alba, of Europe.
any related plant of the genus Nuphar.
a plant of the water lily family.
the flower of any such plant.
Origin of water lily
First recorded in 1540-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The stream was thickly strewn with the pure honours of the water lily.

    A Love Story A Bushman
  • He was off the boat in an instant and very soon the water lily had begun her trip.

    Dorothy on a House Boat Evelyn Raymond
  • There was her star, floating in the blue lake of the sky, like a water lily, where millions of lesser lilies blossomed.

    The Golden Silence C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • The water lily belongs to my little niece and it is she who will pay the bills.

    Dorothy on a House Boat Evelyn Raymond
  • What is superficial is also often deep in clear natures such as Magdalen's, like a water lily whose stem goes down a long way.

    Prisoners Mary Cholmondeley
  • He was pondering how best and soonest to “follow” the water lily, as he had been bid.

    Dorothy on a House Boat Evelyn Raymond
  • Slowly they walked on along the rickety planks, now and then bending down to pluck a water lily.

    Swamp Island Mildred A. Wirt
  • This nymph was fishing, and for a float used the bud of a water lily!

  • Now, at evening, when work was over, crowds flocked from the little towns to inspect the water lily and its occupants.

    Dorothy on a House Boat Evelyn Raymond
  • Then bending all his strength to the oars, he sent the water lily spinning on her course.

    The Argosy Various
British Dictionary definitions for water lily

water lily

any of various aquatic plants of the genus Nymphaea and related genera, of temperate and tropical regions, having large leaves and showy flowers that float on the surface of the water: family Nymphaeaceae
any of various similar and related plants, such as the yellow water lily
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