elodea

[ ih-loh-dee-uh ]
/ ɪˈloʊ di ə /

noun

any of several New World submersed aquatic plants of the genus Elodea, having numerous, usually whorled leaves.

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Also called a·nach·a·ris [uh-nak-er-is], /əˈnæk ər ɪs/, ditch-moss [dich-maws, -mos], /ˈdɪtʃˌmɔs, -ˌmɒs/, wa·ter·weed [waw-ter-weed, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌwid, ˈwɒt ər-/ .

Origin of elodea

First recorded in 1800–05; from New Latin, equivalent to Greek (h)elṓd(ēs) “marshy” (derivative of hélos “marsh”) + New Latin -ea adjective suffix; see -ode1,-ea
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