from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See rose of Jericho.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a name given to several species of Selaginella (as Selaginella convoluta and Selaginella lepidophylla), flowerless plants which, when dry, close up so as to resemble a bird's nest, but revive and expand again when moistened. The name is sometimes also given to the rose of Jericho. See under Rose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name for several plants which, when dried, reëxpand if wetted. ,
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small grey Asiatic desert plant bearing minute white flowers that rolls up when dry and expands when moist
- n. densely tufted fern ally of southwestern United States to Peru; curls up in a tight ball when dry and expands and grows under moist conditions
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