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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter-leef, wot-er-]
    • /ˈwɔ tərˌlif, ˈwɒt ər-/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter-leef, wot-er-]
    • /ˈwɔ tərˌlif, ˈwɒt ər-/

Definitions of waterleaf word

  • noun waterleaf any of several North American plants of the genus Hydrophyllum, having clusters of bluish or white flowers and leaves often bearing marks resembling water stains. 1
  • noun waterleaf A North American woodland plant with bell-shaped flowers and leaves that appear to be stained with water. 1
  • noun waterleaf a carved decoration on the upper part of a column 0
  • noun waterleaf a plant belonging to the genus Hydrophyllum 0
  • noun waterleaf any of a genus (Hydrophyllum) of perennial plants of the waterleaf family, with white or bluish, bell-shaped flowers 0
  • adjective waterleaf designating a family (Hydrophyllaceae, order Solanales) of chiefly North American dicotyledonous plants with a cymose inflorescence and capsular fruit, including the nemophilas 0

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Origin of waterleaf

First appearance:

before 1750
One of the 47% newest English words
First recorded in 1750-60; water + leaf

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waterleaf popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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