dead-man's fingers

[ ded-manz, -muh nz ]
/ ˈdɛdˌmænz, -mənz /

noun

any of various fungi, sponges, plant roots, animal parts, etc., having fingerlike projections and a pale or dull color, as the gray-black woodland fungus Xylaria polymorpha or the whitish spongy gills of a food crab.

Nearby words

  1. dead-ball line,
  2. dead-beat,
  3. dead-cat bounce,
  4. dead-end,
  5. dead-end host,
  6. dead-man's float,
  7. dead-melt,
  8. dead-nettle,
  9. dead-on,
  10. dead-reckon

Origin of dead-man's fingers

First recorded in 1595–1605

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British Dictionary definitions for dead man's fingers

dead man's fingers

noun

(functioning as singular) a soft coral, Alcyonium digitatum, with long finger-like polyps
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