[ pond-weed ]

  1. any aquatic plant of the genus Potamogeton, most species of which grow in ponds and quiet streams.

Origin of pondweed

First recorded in 1570–80; pond + weed1

Words Nearby pondweed

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How to use pondweed in a sentence

  • 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
  • "Nobody," said she, swallowing some more pondweed of one kind and then beginning on another.

    Among the Pond People | Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • 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
  • This marsh is surrounded with very lofty oaks, and abounds with pondweed, the water-plant named by botanists potamogeton.

    Insect Architecture | James Rennie

British Dictionary definitions for pondweed


/ (ˈpɒndˌwiːd) /

  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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