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walking fern

a fern, Camptosorus rhizophyllus, having simple, triangular fronds tapering into a prolongation that bends at the top and often takes root at the apex.
Also called walking leaf.
Origin of walking fern
First recorded in 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • No one ever yet found the walking fern who did not have the walking fern in his mind.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • People oftentimes travel far to see curious plants like the carnivorous darlingtonia, the fly-catcher, the walking fern, etc.

    Steep Trails John Muir
  • I find that older people as well are tempted to unwonted energy if promised a glimpse of the walking fern.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • It needed only a moment's investigation to identify the leathery, tapering fronds of the walking fern.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • Resembles the walking fern, and its tip sometimes takes root.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
British Dictionary definitions for walking fern

walking fern

a North American fern, Camptosorus rhizophyllus, having sword-shaped fronds, the tips of which take root when in contact with the ground: family Aspleniaceae
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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