from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The great white water-lily of Europe, Castalia speciosa (Nymphæa alba); also, the yellow water-lily, Nymphæa (Nuphar) lutea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) The great white water lily of Europe; the Nymphæa alba.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A water lily, especially the common white water lily (Nymphaea alba) or the yellow water lily (Nuphar lutea).


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Medieval Latin, from Arabic نلوفر (nilūfar), Persian نیلوفر (nīlūfar), from Sanskrit नीलोतपल (nīlotpala), from नील (nīla, "blue") + उतपल (utpala, "lotus, water-lily").


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  • Brown ant-like specklet worn by nenuphar in crown.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night 2006

  • I tried to writhe away; a struggling pair pushed me back, and I beheld the steel-hearted blue nenuphar of death.

    The Urth of the New Sun Wolfe, Gene 1987

  • When I think of my own death, or of the death of someone who has been kind to me, or even of the death of the sun, the image that comes to my mind is that of the nenuphar, with its glossy, pale leaves and azure flower.

    The Shadow of the Torturer Wolfe, Gene 1980

  • Following the aristocratic and holy example of the Bishops of Salzburg for the last eight centuries, the sovereigns of the Continent are told that the air and waters of Hofgastein are the only nenuphar for the over-taxed brain in labour beneath a crown.

    Mr. Isaacs 1881

  • Big blossoms of the honey-sweet and honey - coloured nenuphar?

    Ballad of Reading Gaol Oscar Wilde 1877

  • The Squash beetle (Diabrotica vittata, Fig. 231, and Fig. 230, D. 12-punctata) now attacks the squash plants before they are fairly up; and the Plum weevil (Conotrachelus nenuphar, Fig. 232) will sting the newly formed fruit, late in the month, or early in June.

    Our Common Insects A Popular Account of the Insects of Our Fields, Forests, Gardens and Houses 1872

  • Whenas high rank in beauty poets sing, they say * Brown ant-like specklet worn by nenuphar in crown.

    Arabian nights. English Anonymous 1855

  • Who among you would like to guest blog Morning Medieval Miscellanies? nenuphar said ...

    Unlocked Wordhoard 2008


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