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walking fern

noun
1.
a fern, Camptosorus rhizophyllus, having simple, triangular fronds tapering into a prolongation that bends at the top and often takes root at the apex.
Also called walking leaf.
Origin of walking fern
1820-1830
1820-30
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Examples from the Web for walking fern
Historical Examples
  • People oftentimes travel far to see curious plants like the carnivorous darlingtonia, the fly-catcher, the walking fern, etc.

    Steep Trails John Muir
  • I find that older people as well are tempted to unwonted energy if promised a glimpse of the walking fern.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • Resembles the walking fern, and its tip sometimes takes root.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • It needed only a moment's investigation to identify the leathery, tapering fronds of the walking fern.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • No one ever yet found the walking fern who did not have the walking fern in his mind.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for walking fern

walking fern

noun
1.
a North American fern, Camptosorus rhizophyllus, having sword-shaped fronds, the tips of which take root when in contact with the ground: family Aspleniaceae
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