One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any aquatic plant with inconspicuous flowers, especially a pondweed.
- ‘I grimaced, I hated pickled waterweed, and by the face mother pulled when she ate it, I suspect she did too.’
- ‘One had tresses of green waterweed hanging in her eyes.’
- ‘He sat on the rock, undulating like a waterweed, brie in one hand, knife in the other.’
2A submerged aquatic American plant that is grown in aquariums and ornamental ponds.
Genus Elodea, family Hydrocharitaceae: several species, in particular E. canadensis
- ‘Be sure to include submergent plants such as common waterweed and hornwort for their high oxygen output.’
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