old-man's-beard love



from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various plants having parts suggestive of a beard, as Spanish moss.
  • n. See fringe tree.
  • n. See virgin's bower.


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  • It was a beautiful unkept hedge with scarlet and purple fruit among the many-coloured fading leaves and silver-grey down of old-man's-beard.

    Afoot in England

  • "Yes, Spanish moss, as we call it here, or _old-man's-beard_ moss, as they name it in other parts.

    The Boy Hunters


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