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maidenhair fern

any fern of the cosmopolitan genus Adiantum, esp A. capillis-veneris, having delicate fan-shaped fronds with small pale-green leaflets: family Adiantaceae
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C15: so called from the hairlike appearance of its fine fronds
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  • 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.

  • It was fed from a spring from above, which flowed down a gully thickly festooned with maidenhair fern.

    A Frontier Mystery Bertram Mitford
  • It is an uninteresting collection of stone huts, with many pretty little fields, and maidenhair fern overhanging the wayside.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • Here, too, were the harebell and speedwell, fringed with the delicate frond of the maidenhair fern.

    The South Isles of Aran Oliver J. Burke
  • It is called the Maidenhair tree, because its leaves resemble those of the maidenhair fern.

  • He smiled at the sight of the small basket of rosy peaches daintily set about with maidenhair fern.

    Oldfield Nancy Huston Banks
  • There were numerous small alcoves in the wall, and in the recesses of each of these were huge pots of maidenhair fern.

    Marie Gourdon

    Maud Ogilvy

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