water hyacinth
noun Date: circa 1890 a showy floating aquatic herb (Eichhornia crassipes) of tropical South America that has become naturalized in warm regions (as of the southern United States) often clogging waterways

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  • water hyacinth — ☆ water hyacinth n. a South American aquatic plant (Eichhornia crassipes) of the pickerelweed family, with swollen petioles that float on water and spikes of showy lavender flowers: a pest that blocks water traffic in the S U.S., esp. Florida …   English World dictionary

  • Water hyacinth — Wa ter hy a*cinth (Bot.) Either of several tropical aquatic plants of the genus {Eichhornia}, related to the pickerel weed. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Water hyacinth — taxobox name = Water Hyacinth image caption = Common Water Hyacinth ( E. crassipes ) regnum = Plantae unranked divisio = Angiosperms unranked classis = Monocots unranked ordo = Commelinids ordo = Commelinales familia = Pontederiaceae genus =… …   Wikipedia

  • water hyacinth — a floating aquatic plant, Eichornia crassipes, of tropical lakes and rivers, that grows so prolifically it often hinders the passage of boats. [1895 1900, Amer.] * * * Any of about five species of aquatic plants that make up the genus Eichhornia… …   Universalium

  • water-hyacinth — paprastoji eichornija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Skiaustmeninių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Eichhornia crassipes), paplitęs Pietų Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Eichhornia crassipes angl. water hyacinth vok. Wasserhyazinthe pranc.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • water hyacinth — noun a tropical floating aquatic plant having spikes of large blue flowers; troublesome in clogging waterways especially in southern United States • Syn: ↑water orchid, ↑Eichhornia crassipes, ↑Eichhornia spesiosa • Hypernyms: ↑aquatic plant,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • water hyacinth — noun a free floating tropical American water plant, widely introduced as an ornamental and in some warmer regions a serious weed of waterways. [Eichhornia crassipes.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • Water hyacinth — Eichhornia (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

  • water hyacinth — wa′ter hy acinth n. pln a floating freshwater plant, Eichornia crassipes, related to the pickerelweed, that grows so prolifically it often hinders the passage of boats • Etymology: 1895–1900, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • water hyacinth — /wɔtə ˈhaɪəsɪnθ / (say wawtuh huyuhsinth) noun a floating plant of Central and South America, Eichhornia crassipes, which has become a serious pest of watercourses in some warm countries …   Australian English dictionary

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