maidenhair maid"en*hair`, maidenhair fern maidenhair fern, n. (Bot.) Any of various small to large terrestrial ferns of the genus {Adiantum} having very slender graceful stalks and delicate palmately branched fronds, especially ({Adiantum pedatum}). It is common in the United States, and is sometimes used in medicine. The name is also applied to other species of the same genus, as to the Venus-hair. [1913 Webster]

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  • maidenhair — UK [ˈmeɪd(ə)nˌheə(r)] / US [ˈmeɪd(ə)nˌher] or maidenhair fern UK / US noun [uncountable] a type of plant with thin delicate leaves …   English dictionary

  • maidenhair — [mād′ nher΄] n. any of a genus (Adiantum) of ferns with delicate fronds and slender black stalks: also maidenhair fern …   English World dictionary

  • maidenhair — n. (in full maidenhair fern) a fern of the genus Adiantum, esp. A. capillus veneris, with fine hairlike stalks and delicate fronds. Phrases and idioms: maidenhair tree = GINKGO …   Useful english dictionary

  • maidenhair — noun see maidenhair fern …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • maidenhair — noun The maidenhair fern …   Wiktionary

  • maidenhair — maid·en·hair mād ən .ha(ə)r, .he(ə)r n any of the genus Adiantum of ferns including two No. American forms (A. pedatum and the Venushair, A. capillus veneris) that have been used in the preparation of expectorants and demulcents called also… …   Medical dictionary

  • maidenhair — maid|en|hair [ meıdn,her ] or ,maidenhair fern noun uncount a type of plant with thin delicate leaves …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • maidenhair — (also maidenhair fern) noun a fern having slender stalked fronds with small round or wedge shaped divided lobes. [Adiantum capillus veneris and related species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • maidenhair — adiantas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Adiantinių (Adiantaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Adiantum). atitikmenys: lot. Adiantum angl. maidenhair; maidenhairfern vok. Frauenhaar; Frauenhaarfarn; Lappenfarn rus. адиант; адиантум lenk. adiantum; …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • maidenhair — /mayd n hair /, n. any fern of the genus Adiantum, the cultivated species of which have fine, glossy stalks and delicate, finely divided fronds. [1325 75; ME; see MAIDEN, HAIR] * * * …   Universalium

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