water lily

wa·ter lil·y
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er lil-ee]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər ˈlɪl i/
    • /ˈwɔːtə(r) ˈlɪl.i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er lil-ee]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər ˈlɪl i/

Definitions of water lily words

  • noun water lily any of various aquatic plants of the genus Nymphaea, species of which have large, disklike, floating leaves and showy flowers, especially N. odorata, of America, or N. alba, of Europe. Compare water lily family. 1
  • noun water lily any related plant of the genus Nuphar. 1
  • noun water lily a plant of the water lily family. 1
  • noun water lily the flower of any such plant. 1
  • noun water lily flowering aquatic plant 1
  • countable noun water lily A water lily is a plant with large flat leaves and colourful flowers which floats on the surface of lakes and rivers. 0

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Origin of water lily

First appearance:

before 1540
One of the 30% oldest English words
First recorded in 1540-50

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Parts of speech for Water lily


water lily popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 44% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 52% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

water lily usage trend in Literature

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