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maidenhair

[meyd-n-hair] /ˈmeɪd nˌhɛər/
noun
1.
any fern of the genus Adiantum, the cultivated species of which have fine, glossy stalks and delicate, finely divided fronds.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see maiden, hair
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  • Several species, including the dawn redwood and the maidenhair tree-also called ginkgo-are as old as the dinosaurs.
British Dictionary definitions for maidenhair

maidenhair fern

/ˈmeɪdənˌhɛə/
noun
1.
any fern of the cosmopolitan genus Adiantum, esp A. capillis-veneris, having delicate fan-shaped fronds with small pale-green leaflets: family Adiantaceae
Word Origin
C15: so called from the hairlike appearance of its fine fronds
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