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 for Nymphaea
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nymphaea \Nym*phae"a\, prop. n. [L., the water lily, Gr. ?.]
     A genus of aquatic plants having showy flowers (white, blue,
     pink, or yellow, often fragrant), including the white water
     lily and the Egyptia lotus.
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: Recent critics have endeavored to show that this genus
           should be called Castalia, and the name Nymphaea
           transferred to what is now known as Nuphar.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the type genus of the family Nymphaeaceae; any of a variety
           of water lilies [syn: Nymphaea, genus Nymphaea]

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