AskDefine | Define maidenhair

Dictionary Definition

maidenhair n : any of various small to large terrestrial ferns of the genus Adiantum having delicate palmately branched fronds [syn: maidenhair fern]

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Noun

  1. The maidenhair fern

Extensive Definition

Maiden's hair or maidenhair can refer to one of several groups of plants:
  • Maiden's hair plant, one of several green seaweeds:
    • Maiden's hair plant, one of several species of the genus Chlorodesmis
    • Maiden's hair plant, one of several species of the genus Caulerpa
  • Maidenhair moss, a species of moss: Fissidens adianthoides
  • Maidenhair fern, one of several ferns of the genus Adiantum
  • Maidenhair spleenwort, a species of fern: Asplenium trichomanes
  • Maidenhair tree, a name for the ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba), called thus because its lobed leaves resemble the leaflets of a maidenhair fern
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