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water lily

noun
1.
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.
2.
any related plant of the genus Nuphar.
3.
a plant of the water lily family.
4.
the flower of any such plant.
Origin of water lily
1540-1550
First recorded in 1540-50
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  • Why the notches of a fern leaf or the stamen of a water lily?

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  • The ‘water lily’ is the most complete craft of its kind I ever saw.

    Dorothy on a House Boat Evelyn Raymond
  • He was off the boat in an instant and very soon the water lily had begun her trip.

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  • When we had the water lily we planned to have nobody but the jolliest ones we knew.

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  • Not till then did he consider how he was to get that heavy load to the water lily.

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  • What we are to do with the water lily; how to safely get the most pleasure out of it.

    Dorothy on a House Boat Evelyn Raymond
  • The water lily belongs to my little niece and it is she who will pay the bills.

    Dorothy on a House Boat Evelyn Raymond
  • He was pondering how best and soonest to “follow” the water lily, as he had been bid.

    Dorothy on a House Boat Evelyn Raymond
  • It was an eager company gathered in the big saloon of the water lily.

    Dorothy on a House Boat Evelyn Raymond
  • She is represented as seated in a water lily and playing on a lute.

    The Hindoos as they Are Shib Chunder Bose
British Dictionary definitions for water lily

water lily

noun
1.
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
2.
any of various similar and related plants, such as the yellow water lily
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