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noun

any aquatic plant of the genus Trapa, bearing an edible, nutlike fruit, especially T. natans, of the Old World.
the fruit itself.

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Also called water caltrop.

Origin of water chestnut

First recorded in 1850–55
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British Dictionary definitions for water chestnut

water chestnut

noun

Also called: water caltrop a floating aquatic onagraceous plant, Trapa natans, of Asia, having four-pronged edible nutlike fruits
Chinese water chestnut a Chinese cyperaceous plant, Eleocharis tuberosa, with an edible succulent corm
the corm of the Chinese water chestnut, used in Oriental cookery
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