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walking fern

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
1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Liverworts cover moist portions of some rocks, and are occasionally joined by the creeping fronds of walking fern.
British Dictionary definitions for walking fern

walking fern

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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