adder's-tongue fern love

adder's-tongue fern

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various ferns in the genus Ophioglossum, having leaves divided into a simple, sterile blade and a slender, spikelike spore-bearing segment. Also called adder's-tongue.

Etymologies

From the resemblance of the spike at the base of the frond to a snake's tongue.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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