lip fern
lipfern lipfern, lip fern lip fern . (Bot.) any of various terrestrial ferns of the genus {Cheilanthes}; they are cosmopolitan in arid and semi-arid temperate or tropical regions. [WordNet 1.5]

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  • lip fern — noun any of various terrestrial ferns of the genus Cheilanthes; cosmopolitan in arid and semiarid temperate or tropical regions • Syn: ↑lipfern • Hypernyms: ↑fern • Hyponyms: ↑smooth lip fern, ↑Alabama lip fern, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • lip fern — ▪ plant       any of about 150 species of ferns of the genus Cheilanthes (family Pteridaceae), found in tropical and temperate regions, often in dry or seasonally dry climates. Most are small, sturdy, often evergreen plants that thrive in dry and …   Universalium

  • hairy lip fern — noun small North American evergreen fern whose stipes and lower frond surfaces are densely wooly • Syn: ↑wooly lip fern, ↑Cheilanthes lanosa • Hypernyms: ↑lip fern, ↑lipfern * * * noun : woolly lip fern …   Useful english dictionary

  • wooly lip fern — noun small North American evergreen fern whose stipes and lower frond surfaces are densely wooly • Syn: ↑hairy lip fern, ↑Cheilanthes lanosa • Hypernyms: ↑lip fern, ↑lipfern …   Useful english dictionary

  • Alabama lip fern — noun southeastern United States to northern Mexico and Jamaica • Syn: ↑smooth lip fern, ↑Cheilanthes alabamensis • Hypernyms: ↑lip fern, ↑lipfern …   Useful english dictionary

  • smooth lip fern — noun southeastern United States to northern Mexico and Jamaica • Syn: ↑Alabama lip fern, ↑Cheilanthes alabamensis • Hypernyms: ↑lip fern, ↑lipfern …   Useful english dictionary

  • southwestern lip fern — noun lip fern of Texas to Oklahoma and Colorado and Arizona and Mexico having tall erect tufted fronds • Syn: ↑Cheilanthes eatonii • Hypernyms: ↑lip fern, ↑lipfern …   Useful english dictionary

  • woolly lip fern — noun : a small No. American fern (Cheilanthes lanosa) having stipes and lower frond surfaces densely woolly …   Useful english dictionary

  • fern — fernless, adj. fernlike, adj. /ferrn/, n. any seedless, nonflowering vascular plant of the class Filicinae, of tropical to temperate regions, characterized by true roots produced from a rhizome, triangular fronds that uncoil upward and have a… …   Universalium

  • Fern — /ferrn/, n. a female given name. * * * Any of about 10,000–12,000 species (division Filicophyta) of nonflowering vascular plants that have true roots, stems, and complex leaves and reproduce by spores. Though ferns were once classified with the… …   Universalium

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