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walking leaf

Origin of walking leaf
First recorded in 1650-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The bladder fern is propagated in part from its bulblets, while the walking leaf bends over to the earth and roots at the tip.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • That is the question; for insect it is,—phyllum siccifolium, the "walking leaf," as some have called it.

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Over the rocks near-by, the quaint, though less unusual, walking leaf runs riot.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • This plant resembles the walking leaf to such an extent that formerly it was not considered a separate species.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • The walking leaf grows usually on limestone rocks, though it has been found on sandstone, shale, and conglomerate as well.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • The most curious thing they saw there was a “walking leaf,” a kind of insect that looks exactly like a withered leaf.

  • Rarest of all is the walking leaf, also fruited, with its long feet reaching nearly across the keg.

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