Sagittaria

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Sagittaria genus of aquatic herbs of temperate and tropical regions having sagittate or hastate leaves and white scapose flowers
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sagittaria A genus of monocotyledonous plants of the order Alismaceæ and tribe Alismeæ. It is characterized by unisexual flowers, commonly three in a whorl, and by very numerous broad and compressed carpels densely crowded on large globular or oblong receptacles. There are about 15 species, natives of temperate and tropical regions, growing in marshes, in ditches, and on the margins of streams. They are generally erect stemless perennials, with arrow-shaped, lanceolate, or elliptical leaves rising well above the water on long thick stalks. The flowers are spiked or panicled, each with three conspicuous white petals and three smaller green sepals, and usually numerous stamens. The general name for the species is arrow-head, but the fine South American species, S. Montevidensis, is called arrowleaf. The most common American species is S. variabilis, whose leaves are extremely various in form. The tubers of this are used for food by the Indians of the North west, as are those of S. Chinensis in China, where it is cultivated for the purpose. S. sagittifolia is the European species, which with S. variabilis is worthy of culture in artificial water.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Sagittaria a genus of aquatic plants, some species with sagittate leaves and white flowers
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sagitta, an arrow.

Usage

In literature:

Concordia Sagittaria, its cemetery, 323.
"Pagan and Christian Rome" by Rodolfo Lanciani
ARROWHEAD (Sagittaria), a genus of aquatic plants found in all parts of the world within the torrid and temperate zones, nat.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
In the plains the heads of the Italian columns reached the line of Azzanodecimo, Portogruaro, Concordia, and Sagittaria.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VIII (of VIII)" by various
Whenever he mentions "Sagittaria" it should be "Conversion de San Pablo.
"The Voyages of Pedro Fernandez de Quiros" by Pedro Fernandez de Quiros
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