- a room or area having a fountain, statues, flowers, etc.
- an architecturally treated outlet of a reservoir or aqueduct.
Origin of nymphaeum
1760–70; < Latin < Greek nymphaîon place sacred to nymphs, noun use of neuter of nymphaîos, equivalent to nýmph(ē) nymph + -aios adj. suffix
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Examples from the Web for nymphaea
Nymphaea means “water nymph” and refers to the home of the plant.Flowers of Mountain and Plain
Edith S. Clements
The Nymphaea lotus, which resembles our white water lily, was also a product of the lowlands.Foods and Culinary Utensils of the Ancients
Its sandy and occasionally rocky bed, was dry; but parallel lines of Nymphaea lagoons extended on both sides.Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia
In Nymphaea micrantha buds appear at the upper part of the petiole.
The enlarged torus covering the ovary in Nymphaea (Castalia) and Nelumbium may be regarded as a form of disk.