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maidenhair

[meyd-n-hair] /ˈmeɪd nˌhɛər/
noun
1.
any fern of the genus Adiantum, the cultivated species of which have fine, glossy stalks and delicate, finely divided fronds.
Origin of maidenhair
1325-1375
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at maiden, hair
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  • There are not many ferns, but the maidenhair grows in glorious profusion.

    Basutoland Minnie Martin
  • He fingered shreds of hair, her maidenhair, her mermaid's, into the bowl.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • The maidenhair, though immature, is lovely in its fragility.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • "Now, lead me to the spot where the maidenhair is to be found," he said.

    Balsamo, The Magician Alexander Dumas
  • For the climax of beauty it should be combined with the maidenhair.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • As buttonholes, backed with a frond of maidenhair, they are charming.

  • It has very much the appearance of the maidenhair fern, but is much larger.

  • A few flowers had rooted on the top of the walls, and I found tufts of maidenhair fern nestling in the moist, dark corners within.

  • The marbles are velvety and moist with moss, and the maidenhair fern drips lush and dank.

    Romance of Roman Villas

    Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
  • The Japanese ginkgo, or maidenhair fern tree, is an old-fashioned conifer somewhat like those first examples of this family.

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