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dead-man's fingers

[ ded-manz, -muhnz ]
/ ˈdɛdˌmænz, -mənz /
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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.
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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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