Definition of water lily in English:

water lily

Syllabification: wa·ter li·ly


  • An ornamental aquatic plant with large round floating leaves and large, typically cup-shaped, floating flowers.
    • Family Nymphaeaceae: several genera and many species, including the white-flowered fragrant water lily (Nymphaea odorata) of eastern North America, and the yellow-flowered Indian pond lily of California (Nuphar polysepalum)
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    • I got home mid-morning from my errands to discover that the water lily has opened its first flower.
    • Great rafts of red/green foliage support the large, sparkling blooms of the white water lily, while the yellow fringed water lily spreads its dainty but prolific leaves and flowers from bank to bank.
    • Fill it about two-thirds with water, then add a dwarf water lily (to raise it, set its pot atop an inverted container).

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