pond lily



any of several water lilies, as the common water lily, Nymphaea odorata, or the spatterdock.

Origin of pond lily

An Americanism dating back to 1740–50
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Historical Examples of pond lily

  • We could rowr up the river and get some pond-lily roots and sell them.


    Ellis Parker Butler

  • Another flower that one makes special excursions for is the pond-lily.


    John Burroughs

  • They were white, and they showed as plainly in the water as a pond-lily does on the top of it.

    Among the Pond People

    Clara Dillingham Pierson

  • All was reflected in the pools—which lay like glass whereon a scene-painter had cut the green hearts of the pond-lily leaves.

  • Hawthorne named the craft "Pond-Lily," because it brought so many cargoes of that beautiful flower to decorate his home.

    Literary Shrines

    Theodore F. Wolfe

British Dictionary definitions for pond lily

pond lily


another name for water lily
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