a fern, Camptosorus rhizophyllus, having simple, triangular fronds tapering into a prolongation that bends at the top and often takes root at the apex.
- Also called walking leaf.
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How to use walking fern in a sentence
It needed only a moment's investigation to identify the leathery, tapering fronds of the walking fern.How to Know the Ferns | Frances Theodora Parsons
I find that older people as well are tempted to unwonted energy if promised a glimpse of the walking fern.How to Know the Ferns | Frances Theodora Parsons
The Walking-Fern, Camptosorus, reduced in size, showing its fruit-dots on the veins approximated in pairs.The Elements of Botany | Asa Gray
No one ever yet found the walking fern who did not have the walking fern in his mind.Locusts and Wild Honey | John Burroughs
Resembles the walking fern, and its tip sometimes takes root.The Fern Lover's Companion | George Henry Tilton
British Dictionary definitions for walking fern
a North American fern, Camptosorus rhizophyllus, having sword-shaped fronds, the tips of which take root when in contact with the ground: family Aspleniaceae
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