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climbing fern

any of several chiefly tropical, vinelike ferns of the genus Lygodium, having climbing or trailing stems.
Origin of climbing fern
An Americanism dating back to 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I know no other fern, save the climbing fern, which is so vine-like and clinging.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • We found here a fine colony of the climbing fern (Lygodium).

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • Over moist thickets, in rarely favored retreats from Massachusetts southward, clamber the slender strands of the climbing fern.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons

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