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walking fern

noun
  1. a fern, Camptosorus rhizophyllus, having simple, triangular fronds tapering into a prolongation that bends at the top and often takes root at the apex.
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Origin of walking fern

First recorded in 1820–30
Also called walking leaf.
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Historical Examples of walking fern

  • No one ever yet found the walking-fern who did not have the walking-fern in his mind.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7

    Various

  • The Walking-Fern, Camptosorus, reduced in size, showing its fruit-dots on the veins approximated in pairs.


British Dictionary definitions for walking fern

walking fern

walking leaf

noun
  1. 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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