maidenhair

Definitions

  • Ginkgo. Maidenhair Tree
    Ginkgo. Maidenhair Tree
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n maidenhair any of various small to large terrestrial ferns of the genus Adiantum having delicate palmately branched fronds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n maidenhair (Bot) Any of various small to large terrestrial ferns of the genus Adiantum having very slender graceful stalks and delicate palmately branched fronds, especially (Adiantum pedatum). It is common in the United States, and is sometimes used in medicine. The name is also applied to other species of the same genus, as to the Venus-hair.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n maidenhair A fern of the genus Adiantum, particularly A. Capillus-Veneris, a native of North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, China, and Japan, and A. pedatum, a native of North America from Canada southward, Hindustan, Japan, and Manchuria. They grow in moist rocky places, and are so called from the fine, hair-like stalks, or from the fine black fibrous roots. Asplenium Trichomanes is the black or English maidenhair.
    • n maidenhair A stuff in use for garments in the fourteenth century.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Maidenhair a name given to a fern from the fine hair-like stalks of its fronds
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Usage

In literature:

On the steep incline above the spring grew tiny maidenhair ferns, while higher up were larger ferns and brakes.
"Burning Daylight" by Jack London
Huge bunches of maidenhair, delicate as green lace, clung to the steep bluffs on the opposite side.
"The Valiant Runaways" by Gertrude Atherton
Tiny, her tremulous fernfoils of maidenhair.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
It has very much the appearance of the maidenhair fern, but is much larger.
"Canyons of the Colorado" by J. W. Powell
The roots of Maidenhair should always be treated in this way, as they dry out very quickly.
"The Garden, You, and I" by Mabel Osgood Wright
As buttonholes, backed with a frond of maidenhair, they are charming.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Stem stitch contour: Maidenhair in buttonhole stitch.
"Jacobean Embroidery" by Ada Wentworth Fitzwilliam and A. F. Morris Hands
It is effectively combined with violets, or lilies-of-the-valley and maidenhair fern.
"Make Your Own Hats" by Gene Allen Martin
One rose and one spray of maidenhair, in a tall thin glass, before each separate diner.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I dusted my miniature only this morning, and this white rosebud and maidenhair I placed under it.
"The Children of Wilton Chase" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
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In poetry:

From mossy banks all dotted
With violets breaking through,
Beneath the frondled maidenhair
Their shy eyes peep at you.
"Fairies" by Alice Guerin Crist
Drugs made Pauline vague.
She sat one day at the breakfast table
Fingering in a baffled way
The fronds of the maidenhair plant.
"Drugs Made Pauline Vague" by Stevie Smith

In news:

1084 & 15n20 maidenhair twist.
Pong Lee walks with his umbrella under a Maidenhair Tree, also known as a Ginkgo Biloba.
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