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resurrection fern

noun
1.
a drought-resistant, evergreen, epiphytic fern, Polypodium polypodioides, of subtropical to tropical America, appearing to be a ball of coiled, dead leaves in the dry season but reviving with moisture.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10, Americanism
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