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- n. The woolly fern, Cibotium barometz.
- n. A Scythian Lamb; a joke creature, supposedly half animal and half plant, made by inverting a woolly fern.
- n. The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary, a mythical plant believed to grow sheep as its fruit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The woolly-skinned rhizoma or rootstock of a fern (Dicksonia barometz), which, when specially prepared and inverted, somewhat resembles a lamb; -- called also Scythian lamb.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The decumbent caudex of the fern Dicksonia Barometz, also called Agnus Scythicus, the Scythian or Tatarian lamb. See Agnus Scythicus, under agnus. Also written boramez.
This is actually a rhizome of the fern Cibotium barometz, an arborescent fern that was eventually introduced into Britain in 1824 from China.
Possible the barnacle, like the barometz of Tartarean lamb, may be a survivor of the day when the animal and vegetable kingdoms had not yet branched off into different directions.
Cibotium barometz) and three orchid species. frozen carcasses of two tigers and a panther, along with several kilos of suspected tiger bone, were confiscated last week in Vietnam, a country which now has as few as 30 tigers left in the wild.