American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A European evergreen fern (Phyllitis scolopendrium) with narrow undivided fronds.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fern, Scolopendrium vulgare, with long simple fronds; also, rarely, Polypodium Singaporianum and Acrostichum cervinum. See Scolopendrium.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A common British fern (Scolopendrium vulgare), rare in America.
- n. A West Indian fern, the Polypodium Phyllitidis of Linnæus. It is also found in Florida.
- n. tropical American terrestrial fern with leathery lanceolate fronds; sometimes placed in genus Polybotrya
- n. Eurasian fern with simple lanceolate fronds
- From the shape of its fronds. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Now ivy climbed boldly here and there over the rough mason-work, trails of late convolvulus festooned the opening, hardy hart's-tongue and tufts of parsley fern sprang from every crevice in the stones, while the top was covered with a tangle of briars, nettles, and matted grass.”
“Tree-fern and hart's-tongue show verdant fronds, flushed with autumnal red or gold, and a dense growth of starry flowers suggests a bed of many-coloured tulips.”
“The wagonette swung round into a side road, and we curved upward through deep lanes worn by centuries of wheels, high banks on either side, heavy with dripping moss and fleshy hart's-tongue ferns.”
“The wagonette swung round into a side road, and we curved upwards through deep lanes worn by centuries of wheels, high banks on either side, heavy with dripping moss and fleshy hart's-tongue ferns.”
“Near by, within a palisade, is the old castle well, with hart's-tongue ferns growing on the damp brick lining.”
“Beside the Plymouth road, as it plunges down-hill past Ruan Lanihale church towards Ruan Cove, and ten paces beyond the lych-gate -- where the graves lie level with the coping, and the horseman can decipher their inscriptions in passing, at the risk of a twisted neck -- the base of the churchyard wall is pierced with a low archway, festooned with toad-flax and fringed with the hart's-tongue fern.”
“Flowers of every hue spread a brilliant carpet beneath the horses 'hoofs; the hart's-tongue, the _manamana-o-hina_, the _papa-mako_ and the parasol-plant, with mosses of every description and myriads of ferns, covered the sward.”
“There was a lining of green moss near the top, and nearer still the hart's-tongue fern.”
“The hart's-tongue ferns, matted all over the steep banks, hang down like the tongues of thirsty dogs.”
“Hildegarde's keen eyes roved among the green masses, seeking the different varieties, -- botrychium, lady-fern, delicate hart's-tongue; behind these, great nodding ostrich-ferns, bending their stately plumes over their lowlier sisters; beyond these again a tangle of brake running up into the woods.”
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