Nymphaea

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Nymphaea the type genus of the family Nymphaeaceae; any of a variety of water lilies
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Nymphaea A genus of plants long known as Nuphar, of the order Nymphæaceæ and the suborder Nymphææ, distinguished by the numerous carpels being wholly immersed in and consolidated with the thick receptacle. The numerous yellow stamens and stamen-like petals are densely imbricated around the ovary; the few sepals are thick and roundish, making a rather globular flower. The leaves are peltate with a deep sinus, floating or emersed, and, with the one-flowered scapes, arise from a perennial rootstock creeping in bottom-mud. See water-lily, beaverroot, brandy-bottle, clote. 2, pond-lily, and spatter-dock.
    • n Nymphaea A genus including the white water-lilies: long known under this name, now rightly replaced by the older name Castalia. It belongs to the order Nymphæaceæ. and the suborder Nymphææ, and is marked by the carpels being more or less immersed in the receptacle, the numerous petals and the stamens into which they gradually pass becoming inwardly more and more adnate to the receptacle about the carpels. See water-lily, nenuphar, pond-lily, and lotus. (See also introrse.)
    • n Nymphaea Plural of nymphæum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nymphaea nim-fē′a a genus of water-plants, with beautiful fragrant flowers, including the water-lily, Egyptian lotus, &c.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. nympha, a nymph.

Usage

In literature:

Her eyes resembled the full-blown blue nymphaea; her arms the charming stalk of the lotus; her flowing tresses the thick darkness of night.
"Vikram and the Vampire" by Richard F. Burton
The water-holes were surrounded by high Polygonums; blue Nymphaeas were observed in several of them; and ducks were very numerous.
"Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia" by Ludwig Leichhardt
Pistia stratioles, Nymphaea, Potamogeton, Potamochloa, Oplismenus stagninus, and Villarsia occur.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
I grew all manner of hardy nymphaea and aquatics for years, until my big tanks sprung a leak.
"About Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
Why does the water-lily 'Kumud or Nymphaea' keep awake all night long and close her petals during the day?
"Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose" by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
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In poetry:

And where the shy brook fluttered through,
Nepenthe held her chalice leaf
(Undrained as yet by human grief),
And broad Nymphaea grew.
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore