pond lily

  1. 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

Words Nearby pond lily

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How to use pond lily in a sentence

  • The fragrant white pond lily springs from the same black mud out of which the yellow lily sucks its obscene life and noisome odor.

    Library Notes | A. P. Russell
  • For all reply I seized a handful of the pond lily pattern silver and gazed at it with a savage joy.

    Murder in Any Degree | Owen Johnson
  • As we drew nigh we could see that its smooth waters were thickly dotted with the pure blossoms of the pond-lily.

    Stories and Sketches | Harriet S. Caswell
  • Another flower that one makes special excursions for is the pond-lily.

    Riverby | John Burroughs
  • The ice cream may be in the pond-lily flowers, prepared as were the peonies in the June luncheon.

    Gala Day Luncheons | Caroline Benedict Burrell

British Dictionary definitions for pond lily

pond lily

  1. another name for water lily

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