dead man's fingers

dead-man's fingers

[ded-manz, -muhnz]
noun
any of various fungi, sponges, plant roots, animal parts, etc., having fingerlike projections and a pale or dull color, as the gray-black woodland fungus Xylaria polymorpha or the whitish spongy gills of a food crab.

Origin:
1595–1605

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dead man's fingers
 
n
(functioning as singular) a soft coral, Alcyonium digitatum, with long finger-like polyps

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