Water hen Wa"ter hen` 1. (Zoology) Any gallinule. 2. (Zoology) The common American coot.
Water hog Wa"ter hog` (Zoology) The capybara.
Water horehound Wa"ter hore"hound` (Botany) Bugleweed.
Water hyacinth Wa"ter hy"a·cinth (Botany) Either of several tropical aquatic plants of the genus Eichhornia , related to the pickerel weed.
Water ice Wa"ter ice` Water flavored, sweetened, and frozen, to be eaten as a confection.
Water inch Wa"ter inch` Same as Inch of water , under Water .
Water joint Wa"ter joint` (Architecture) A joint in a stone pavement where the stones are left slightly higher than elsewhere, the rest of the surface being sunken or dished. The raised surface is intended to prevent the settling of water in the joints.
Water junket Wa"ter jun"ket (Zoology) The common sandpiper.
Water laverock Wa"ter la"ver·ock (Zoology) The common sandpiper.
Water leg Wa"ter leg` (Steam Boilers) See Leg , 7.
Water lemon Wa"ter lem"on (Botany) The edible fruit of two species of passion flower ( Passiflora laurifolia , and P. maliformis ); -- so called in the West Indies.
Water lettuce Wa"ter let"tuce (Botany) A plant ( Pistia stratiotes ) which floats on tropical waters, and forms a rosette of spongy, wedge-shaped leaves. J. Smith (Dict. Econ. Plants).
Water level Wa"ter lev"el 1. The level formed by the surface of still water. 2. A kind of leveling instrument. See under Level , noun
Water lily Wa"ter lil`y (Botany) A blossom or plant of any species of the genus Nymphæa, distinguished for its large floating leaves and beautiful flowers. See Nymphæa . » The name is extended to various plants of other related genera, as Nuphar , Euryale , Nelumbo , and Victoria . See Euryale , Lotus , and Victoria , 1.
Water lime Wa"ter lime` Hydraulic lime.
Water line Wa"ter line` 1. (Shipbuilding) Any one of certain lines of a vessel, model, or plan, parallel with the surface of the water at various heights from the keel. » In a half-breadth plan, the water lines are outward curves showing the horizontal form of the ship at their several heights; in a sheer plan, they are projected as straight horizontal lines. 2. (Nautical) Any one of several lines marked upon the outside of a vessel, corresponding with the surface of the water when she is afloat on an even keel. The lowest line indicates the vessel's proper submergence when not loaded, and is called the light water line ; the highest, called the load water line , indicates her proper submergence when loaded. Water-line model (Shipbuilding) , a model of a vessel formed of boards which are shaped according to the water lines as shown in the plans and laid upon each other to form a solid model.
Water lizard Wa"ter liz"ard (Zoology) Any aquatic lizard of the genus Varanus , as the monitor of the Nile. See Monitor , noun , 3.
Water locust Wa"ter lo"cust (Botany) A thorny leguminous tree ( Gleditschia monosperma ) which grows in the swamps of the Mississippi valley.
Water meadow Wa"ter mead"ow (Agriculture) A meadow, or piece of low, flat land, capable of being kept in a state of fertility by being overflowed with water from some adjoining river or stream.
Water measure Wa"ter meas"ure A measure formerly used for articles brought by water, as coals, oysters, etc. The water-measure bushel was three gallons larger than the Winchester bushel. Cowell.
Water measurer Wa"ter meas"ur·er (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of water; the skater. See Skater , noun , 2.
Water meter Wa"ter me"ter A contrivance for measuring a supply of water delivered or received for any purpose, as from a street main.
Water milfoil Wa"ter mil"foil (Botany) Any plant of the genus Myriophyllum , aquatic herbs with whorled leaves, the submersed ones pinnately parted into capillary divisions.
Water mill Wa"ter mill` A mill whose machinery is moved by water; -- distinguished from a windmill , and a steam mill .
Water mint Wa"ter mint` A kind of mint ( Mentha aquatica ) growing in wet places, and sometimes having a perfume resembling bergamot.
Water mite Wa"ter mite` (Zoology) Any of numerous species of aquatic mites belonging to Hydrachna and allied genera of the family Hydrachnidæ , usually having the legs fringed and adapted for swimming. They are often red or red and black in color, and while young are parasites of fresh-water insects and mussels. Called also water tick , and water spider .
Water moccasin Wa"ter moc"ca·sin (Zoology) A venomous North American snake ( Ancistrodon piscivorus ) allied to the rattlesnake but destitute of a rattle. It lives in or about pools and ponds, and feeds largely of fishes. Called also water snake , water adder , water viper .
Water mole Wa"ter mole` (Zoology) (a) The shrew mole. See under Shrew . (b) The duck mole. See under Duck .
Water monitor Wa"ter mon"i·tor (Zoology) A very large lizard ( Varanaus salvator ) native of India. It frequents the borders of streams and swims actively. It becomes five or six feet long. Called also two-banded monitor , and kabaragoya . The name is also applied to other aquatic monitors.
Water monkey Water monkey A jar or bottle, as of porous earthenware, in which water is cooled by evaporation.
Water motor Wa"ter mo"tor 1. A water engine. 2. A water wheel; especially, a small water wheel driven by water from a street main.
Water mouse Wa"ter mouse` (Zoology) Any one of several species of mice belonging to the genus Hydromys , native of Australia and Tasmania. Their hind legs are strong and their toes partially webbed. They live on the borders of streams, and swim well. They are remarkable as being the only rodents found in Australia.
Water murrain Wa"ter mur"rain A kind of murrain affecting cattle. Crabb.
Water newt Wa"ter newt` (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of aquatic salamanders; a triton.
Water nymph Wa"ter nymph` 1. (Myth.) A goddess of any stream or other body of water, whether one of the Naiads, Nereids, or Oceanides. 2. (Botany) A water lily ( Nymphæa ).
Water oat Wa"ter oat` Indian rice. See under Rice .
Water opossum Wa"ter o·pos"sum (Zoology) See Yapock , and the Note under Opossum .
Water ordeal Wa"ter or"de·al Same as Ordeal by water . See the Note under Ordeal , noun , 1.
Water ousel, Water ouzel Wa"ter ou"sel, Wa"ter ou"zel (Zoology) Any one of several species of small insessorial birds of the genus Cinclus (or Hydrobates ), especially the European water ousel ( C. aquaticus ), and the American water ousel ( C. Mexicanus ). These birds live about the water, and are in the habit of walking on the bottom of streams beneath the water in search of food.
Water parsnip Wa"ter pars"nip (Botany) Any plant of the aquatic umbelliferous genus Sium , poisonous herbs with pinnate or dissected leaves and small white flowers.
Water parting Water parting (Physics Geology) A summit from the opposite sides of which rain waters flow to different streams; a line separating the drainage districts of two streams or coasts; a divide.
Water partridge Wa"ter par"tridge (Zoology) The ruddy duck. [ Local, U. S.]
Water pennywort Wa"ter pen"ny·wort` (Botany) Marsh pennywort. See under Marsh .
Water pepper Wa"ter pep"per (Botany) (a) Smartweed. (b) Waterwort.
Water pheasant Wa"ter pheas"ant (Zoology) (a) The pintail. See Pintail , noun , 1. (b) The goosander. (c) The hooded merganser.
Water piet Wa"ter pi"et (Zoology) The water ousel.
Water pig Wa"ter pig` 1. (Zoology) The capybara. 2. (Zoology) The gourami.
Water pillar Wa"ter pil"lar A waterspout. [ Obsolete]
Water pimpernel Wa"ter pim"per·nel (Botany) A small white- flowered shrub; brookweed.
Water pipe Wa"ter pipe A pipe for conveying water.