resurrection plant


noun

a desert plant, Selaginella lepidophylla, occurring from Texas to South America, having stems that curl inward when dry.

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Origin of resurrection plant

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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Example sentences from the Web for resurrection plant

  • But it resulted in Duncan staring at me in a resurrection-plant sort of way, and in Peter rather dolorously taking his departure.

    The Prairie Child|Arthur Stringer

British Dictionary definitions for resurrection plant

resurrection plant

noun

any of several unrelated desert plants that form a tight ball when dry and unfold and bloom when moistened. The best-known examples are the crucifer Anastatica hierochuntica (also called rose of Jericho), club mosses of the genus Selaginella, and the composite Asteriscus pygmoeus
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