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Any of several chiefly yellow North American water lilies, especially the spatterdock, Nuphar advena.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Jared Eliot (1685–1763), Congregationalist minister in America, physician, and writer on agriculture. From pond + lily, after water lily.
pond lily/ˈpɒnd ˌlɪli/
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