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resurrection plant

a desert plant, Selaginella lepidophylla, occurring from Texas to South America, having stems that curl inward when dry.
Origin of resurrection plant
1865-70, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But it resulted in Duncan staring at me in a resurrection-plant sort of way, and in Peter rather dolorously taking his departure.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for resurrection-plant

resurrection plant

any of several unrelated desert plants that form a tight ball when dry and unfold and bloom when moistened. The best-known examples are the crucifer Anastatica hierochuntica (also called rose of Jericho), club mosses of the genus Selaginella, and the composite Asteriscus pygmoeus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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