from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The fern Ophioglossum vulgatum: so called from the form of its fruiting spike. Also called
adder's-spear. See Ophioglossum.
- noun A name sometimes given to the hart's-tongue, Phyllitis Scolopendrium. See
- noun Any of the eastern species of Erytbronium or dog-tooth violet. The white adder's-tongue is E. albidum.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A genus of ferns (Ophioglossum), whose seeds are produced on a spike resembling a serpent's tongue.
- noun The yellow dogtooth violet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun botany Any of a
genusof ferns(Ophioglossum), whose seedsare produced on a spikeresembling a serpent's tongue.
- noun botany The
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun ferns with fertile spikes shaped like a snake's tongue
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"Go through a gap in the brush a little way, until you see the cluster of oak where Brianna shot a possum, bear left to a squarish rock with a bunch of adder's-tongue growing over it" The fact that the need for my services as a guide was probably all that kept them from killing me on the spot was, of course, a secondary consideration.
The flowers are for the most part conspicuous, and in plan like that of the adder's-tongue; but some, like the rushes (Fig. 83, _E_), have small, inconspicuous flowers; and others, like the yams and smilaxes, have flowers of two kinds, male and female.
The fruit of the _Liliaceæ_ may be either a pod, like that of the adder's-tongue, or a berry, like that of asparagus or Solomon's-seal.
The plants of this group agree in their general structure with the adder's-tongue, which is a thoroughly typical representative of the group; but nevertheless, there is much variation among them in the details of structure.
Back in the woods a little patch of harebells grew, and lower down, in a protected hollow, were bleeding-hearts and adder's-tongue, closely guarded by the clasp of their furry silvery leaves.
"Please tell more about them, mother," said Marjorie, coming up with her hands full of yellow, speckled adder's-tongue.
An enthusiastic botanical collector told me that for years he searched far and near for the adder's-tongue fern, till one day he stumbled upon it in a place over which he had long been in the habit of passing.
But the true country elder-flower ointment contains a little piece of adder's-tongue fern, which is believed to confer magical virtue.