Origin of pondweed

First recorded in 1570–80; pond + weed1
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Examples from the Web for pondweed

Historical Examples of pondweed

  • As she spoke she took a great mouthful of pondweed and swallowed it.

    Among the Pond People

    Clara Dillingham Pierson

  • This marsh is surrounded with very lofty oaks, and abounds with pondweed, the water-plant named by botanists potamogeton.

  • He did not know that Frogs often wished themselves Tadpoles again, and he sulked around in the pondweed all day.

    Among the Pond People

    Clara Dillingham Pierson

  • Rabbits did not belong in Australia, nor pondweed in England, but there they are, and dominating the situation.

    Mobilizing Woman-Power

    Harriot Stanton Blatch

  • Here and there from the Pondweed and other stems hang festoons or wreaths or threads of beautiful green Alg.

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

British Dictionary definitions for pondweed


  1. any of various water plants of the genus Potamogeton, which grow in ponds and slow streams: family Potamogetonaceae
  2. Also called: waterweed British any of various unrelated water plants, such as Canadian pondweed, mare's-tail, and water milfoil, that have thin or much divided leaves
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