scolopendrium

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scolopendrium a fern thought to resemble a millipede
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scolopendrium A genus of asplenioid ferns, closely allied to the genus Asplenium, from which it differs in having the sori linear, and confluent in pairs, opening toward each other. The fronds are usually large, and coriaceous or subcoriaceous in texture. The genus, which is widely distributed, contains 7 or 8 species. S vulgare, the only species found in North America, is also found in England, Gothland to Spain, Madeira, the Azores, Caucasus, Persia, Japan, and Mexico. It has entire or undulate fronds that are oblong-lanceolate from an auricled heart-shaped base. They are 6 to 18 inches long and from 1 to 2 inches wide. The plant is commonly called hart's-tongue, but has also such provincial names as adder's-tongue, buttonhole, fox-tongue, lamb's-tongue, snake-leaves, etc. See finger-fern.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scolopendrium a genus of asplenioid ferns, generally called Hart's-tongue
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. skolopendra, a milliped.

Usage

In literature:

Chittenango Falls, and Scolopendrium Lake, central New York, and Tennessee.
"The Fern Lover's Companion" by George Henry Tilton
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