/ (ˌsɛlədʒɪˈnɛlə) /

  1. any club moss of the genus Selaginella, having stems covered in small pointed leaves and small spore-bearing cones: family Selaginellaceae: See also resurrection plant

Origin of selaginella

C19: from New Latin, diminutive of Latin selāgō plant similar to the savin

Words Nearby selaginella

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How to use selaginella in a sentence

  • In the United Kingdom there is only one native species of selaginella.

    How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
  • You will find vast mats of these leathery little Polypodys growing with rock-selaginella on the great boulders of the river woods.

    The Garden, You, and I | Mabel Osgood Wright
  • Open 4-valved spore-case of a selaginella, and its four large spores (macrospores), magnified.

  • To start away with, the selaginella bears two kinds of spores, each of which in its development has a definite sex character.

    How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
  • Nearest to the water the primeval garden began with ferns and creeping selaginella.

    At Last | Charles Kingsley