Barometz

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Barometz (Bot) The woolly-skinned rhizoma or rootstock of a fern (Dicksonia barometz), which, when specially prepared and inverted, somewhat resembles a lamb; -- called also Scythian lamb.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barometz The decumbent caudex of the fern Dicksonia Barometz, also called Agnus Scythicus, the Scythian or Tatarian lamb. See Agnus Scythicus, under agnus. Also written boramez.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Barometz bar′o-metz the hairy prostrate stem of a fern found near the Caspian Sea, at one time supposed to be at once plant and animal, to grow on a stalk, and to eat grass like a lamb, &c.; hence also called, as by Mandeville, the Scythian Lamb.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Russ. baranets', clubmoss
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Erroneous form of Russ. baranetz, dim. of baran, ram.