any fern of the genus Adiantum, the cultivated species of which have fine, glossy stalks and delicate, finely divided fronds.

Origin of maidenhair

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at maiden, hair Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maidenhair

Historical Examples of maidenhair

  • There are not many ferns, but the maidenhair grows in glorious profusion.


    Minnie Martin

  • He fingered shreds of hair, her maidenhair, her mermaid's, into the bowl.


    James Joyce

  • The Maidenhair, though immature, is lovely in its fragility.

    How to Know the Ferns

    Frances Theodora Parsons

  • "Now, lead me to the spot where the maidenhair is to be found," he said.

    Balsamo, The Magician

    Alexander Dumas

  • For the climax of beauty it should be combined with the maidenhair.

    The Fern Lover's Companion

    George Henry Tilton