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wall rue

  1. a small, delicate fern, Asplenium rutamuraria, having fan-shaped leaflets and growing on walls and cliffs.
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Origin of wall rue

First recorded in 1540–50
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Historical Examples

  • On the base of one which has a sculptured shaft the wall-rue fern was growing.

    Field and Hedgerow

    Richard Jefferies

  • Nine species are found in Britain, among them the well-known Wall-rue.

British Dictionary definitions for wall rue

wall rue

  1. a delicate fern, Asplenium ruta-muraria, that grows in rocky crevices and walls in North America and Eurasia
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