[ meyd-n-hair ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby maidenhair Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use maidenhair in a sentence

  • Water captured from the roof dribbles down its face, from which maidenhair ferns and philodendrons sprout.

  • Only think of her having some of the maidenhair and cape jessamine still in water, that we sent her so long ago.

    The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
  • It was fed from a spring from above, which flowed down a gully thickly festooned with maidenhair fern.

    A Frontier Mystery | Bertram Mitford
  • Some trailing maidenhair escaping from the paper caught in her dress, and broke off.

    The Devourers | Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • She decided that it was the flat, where the bunch of orchids and maidenhair had come and lived almost a week.

    The Devourers | Annie Vivanti Chartres