fanwort

/fahn"werrt', -wawrt'/, n.
any aquatic plant belonging to the genus Cabomba, of the water lily family, having very small flowers and submerged and floating leaves. See illus. under dimorphism.
[FAN1 + WORT2]

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plant
also called  water shield 
 any of about seven species of aquatic flowering plants constituting the genus Cabomba, of the fanwort or water-shield family (Cabombaceae), native to the New World tropics and subtropics. water shield is also the more commonly used name for Brasenia, the only other genus of the family.

      The narrow, floating leaves of fanwort are about 5 to 20 mm (1/5 to 3/4 inch) long and appear at the time of flowering. A slimy leafstalk attaches the centre of the leaf blade to the stem and roots, which are anchored in mud. The submerged leaves, 2 to 5 cm (about 3/4 to 2 inches) wide, are finely divided and fan shaped. The pale-yellow or white flowers are about 5.5 mm to 1 cm (1/5 to 2/5 inch) long. Cabomba caroliniana, sometimes called Washington grass, fish grass, or Carolina water shield, is the most common species in North America. It is often cultivated as an aquarium plant.

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  • fanwort — n. a common aquatic plant ({Cabomba caroliniana}) of eastern North America having floating and submerged leaves and white yellow spotted flowers. Syn: water shield, {Cabomba caroliniana}. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fanwort — paprastasis labūstras statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Labūstrinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Cabomba caroliniana), paplitęs Šiaurės ir Pietų Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Cabomba caroliniana angl. Carolina fanwort; Carolina water shield;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • fanwort — fan•wort [[t]ˈfɑnˌwɜrt, ˌwɔrt[/t]] n. any aquatic plant belonging to the genus Cabomba, of the water lily family, having very small flowers and submerged and floating leaves • Etymology: 1930–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • fanwort — noun common aquatic plant of eastern North America having floating and submerged leaves and white yellow spotted flowers • Syn: ↑water shield, ↑Cabomba caroliniana • Hypernyms: ↑water lily • Member Holonyms: ↑Cabomba, ↑genus Cabomba …   Useful english dictionary

  • Carolina fanwort — paprastasis labūstras statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Labūstrinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Cabomba caroliniana), paplitęs Šiaurės ir Pietų Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Cabomba caroliniana angl. Carolina fanwort; Carolina water shield;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Cabomba caroliniana — fanwort fanwort n. a common aquatic plant ({Cabomba caroliniana}) of eastern North America having floating and submerged leaves and white yellow spotted flowers. Syn: water shield, {Cabomba caroliniana}. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cabomba caroliniana — ID 12303 Symbol Key CACA Common Name Carolina fanwort Family Cabombaceae Category Dicot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Native to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AL, AR, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS,… …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Cabomba caroliniana — Taxobox name = Cabomba caroliniana image width = 240px regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Nymphaeales familia = Cabombaceae genus = Cabomba species = Cabomba caroliniana binomial = Cabomba caroliniana binomial …   Wikipedia

  • water shield — 1. Also called water target. an aquatic plant, Brasenia schreberi, of the water lily family, having purple flowers, floating, elliptic leaves, and a jellylike coating on the underwater stems and roots. 2. a fanwort, esp. Cabomba caroliniana. See… …   Universalium

  • Nymphaeales — ▪ plant order       the water lily (water lily) order of flowering plants, a basal branch of angiosperms (angiosperm), or flowering plants, containing 3 families, 9 genera, and 74 species. In older botanical classification systems, the order was… …   Universalium

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