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water hyacinth: a tropical, floating, aquatic plant having spikes of large blue flowers; troublesome in clogging waterways especially in the southern United States.

watershed: a geographic area that drains into a single river system and its tributaries.

weevil: any of several families of mostly small beetles that feed on plants and plant products.

West Nile virus: an animal virus belonging to the family Flaviviridae that causes West Nile encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and is transmitted by mosquitoes.

wetland: an area that, at least periodically, has waterlogged soils or is covered with a relatively shallow layer of water. Bogs, freshwater and saltwater marshes and freshwater and saltwater swamps are examples of wetlands.


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