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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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  • The sun dapples with yellow the partridge haunts where once drooped films of maidenhair fern.

    Minstrel Weather Marian Storm
  • It has very much the appearance of the maidenhair fern, but is much larger.

  • It is called the Maidenhair tree, because its leaves resemble those of the maidenhair fern.

  • 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
  • maidenhair fern may be made to last much longer if the end of the black, wiry stem is hammered for about an inch up.

    Small Gardens Violet Purton Biddle
  • It was fed from a spring from above, which flowed down a gully thickly festooned with maidenhair fern.

    A Frontier Mystery Bertram Mitford
  • The Japanese ginkgo, or maidenhair fern tree, is an old-fashioned conifer somewhat like those first examples of this family.

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

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • The maidenhair fern is a fairly easy plant to grow in pots, though it likes a moist atmosphere.

    How to Know the Ferns S. Leonard Bastin
  • Sprays of maidenhair fern are pretty under grape fruit and orange cups.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins

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