pickerelweed

[ pik-er-uh l-weed, pik-ruh l- ]
/ ˈpɪk ər əlˌwid, ˈpɪk rəl- /

noun

any American plant of the genus Pontederia, especially P. cordata, having spikes of blue flowers, common in shallow fresh water.

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Origin of pickerelweed

First recorded in 1645–55; pickerel + weed1
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British Dictionary definitions for pickerelweed

pickerelweed
/ (ˈpɪkərəlˌwiːd, ˈpɪkrəl-) /

noun

any of several North American freshwater plants of the genus Pontederia, esp P. cordata, having arrow-shaped leaves and purple flowers: family Pontederiaceae
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