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dead-man's fingers

[ded-manz, -muh nz] /ˈdɛdˌmænz, -mənz/
noun
1.
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
1595-1605
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dead man's fingers

noun
1.
(functioning as sing) a soft coral, Alcyonium digitatum, with long finger-like polyps
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