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resurrection plant


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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