Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. A stuff in use for garments in the fourteenth century.
- n. Either of two species of fern with delicate, hair-like stalks, especially Adiantum capillus-veneris.
- n. Designating various types of moss or flowering plants.
- n. North America Either of two ericaceous plants, the creeping snowberry or the checkerberry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. any of various small to large terrestrial ferns of the genus Adiantum having delicate palmately branched fronds
- From maiden + hair. (Wiktionary)
“What it is: The extract of the leaves of the ginkgo plant (also known as the maidenhair tree).”
“They started their horses, but a dog-tooth violet, shouldering amongst the maidenhair, caught her eye and made her rein in again.”
“And all about them were ferns, a score of varieties, from the tiny gold-backs and maidenhair to huge brakes six and eight feet tall.”
“On the steep incline above the spring grew tiny maidenhair ferns, while higher up were larger ferns and brakes.”
“For an urban tree, he likes the gingko or maidenhair tree, a living fossil from prehistoric times that turns bright yellow in fall before dropping its leaves all at once.”
“The most important thing is to water the maidenhair fern every day.”
“When Rebekka falls ill, Lina treats her with a mixture of herbs: devil's bit, mugwort, Saint-John's-wort, maidenhair, and periwinkle.”
“Incipient polyploid speciation in the maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum, adiantaceae)?”
“The riparian areas surrounding the springs are oases of velvet ash, chinkapin oak, Texas madrone, bigtooth maple, maidenhair fern, and sawgrass.”
“Ginkgo is extracted from the leaves of the Chinese maidenhair tree, and its seeds have been used in herbal medicines for thousands of years.”
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