walking fern

  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.

Origin of walking fern

First recorded in 1820–30

Words Nearby walking fern

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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.

  • 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

walking fern

  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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