lizard's tail
noun Date: circa 1753 a perennial herb (Saururus cernuus of the family Saururaceae) of eastern North American wetlands having spikes of tiny white flowers

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  • Lizard's tail — Liz ard s tail . (Bot.) A perennial plant of the genus {Saururus} ({Saururus cernuus}), growing in marshes, and having white flowers crowded in a slender terminal spike, somewhat resembling in form a lizard s tail; whence the name. Gray. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lizard's tail — ▪ plant also called  water dragon (Saururus cernuus)   member of the lizard s tail family (Saururaceae), found in marshy areas of eastern North America. The plant has creeping stems, or runners. Erect branches about 60 to 150 centimetres (2 to 5… …   Universalium

  • lizard's-tail — noun North American herbaceous perennial of wet places having slender curled racemes of small white flowers • Syn: ↑swamp lily, ↑water dragon, ↑Saururus cernuus • Hypernyms: ↑marsh plant, ↑bog plant, ↑swamp plant …   Useful english dictionary

  • lizard's-tail — /liz euhrdz tayl /, n. either of two marsh herbs of the genus Saururus, esp. S. cernuus, of North America, having drooping spikes of fragrant, white flowers. [1745 55] * * * …   Universalium

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  • lizard's-tail family — noun family of perennial aromatic herbs: genera Saururus, Anemopsis, Houttuynia • Syn: ↑Saururaceae, ↑family Saururaceae • Hypernyms: ↑dicot family, ↑magnoliopsid family • M …   Useful english dictionary

  • Dragon's tail — dragon drag on (dr[a^]g [u^]n), n. [F. dragon, L. draco, fr. Gr. dra kwn, prob. fr. de rkesqai, dra kein, to look (akin to Skr. dar[,c] to see), and so called from its terrible eyes. Cf. {Drake} a dragon, {Dragoon}.] 1. (Myth.) A fabulous animal …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scorpion's tail — Scorpion Scor pi*on, n. [F., fr. L. scorpio, scorpius, Gr. ?, perhaps akin to E. sharp.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of pulmonate arachnids of the order {Scorpiones}, having a suctorial mouth, large claw bearing palpi, and a caudal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lizard (comics) — The Lizard Publication information Publisher Marvel Comics Fi …   Wikipedia

  • lizard — /liz euhrd/, n. 1. any of numerous scaly reptiles of the suborder Sauria, order Squamata, typically having a moderately elongate body, a tapering tail, and two pairs of legs held outward from the body, comprising mostly terrestrial and burrowing… …   Universalium

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