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Any of various ferns of the genus Adiantum, having delicate feathery fronds with slender dark stalks.
[From the fine stalks of its fronds or its masses of fine root hairs.]
maidenhair fern(ˈmeɪdənˌhɛə) or
(Plants) any fern of the cosmopolitan genus Adiantum, esp A. capillis-veneris, having delicate fan-shaped fronds with small pale-green leaflets: family Adiantaceae
[C15: so called from the hairlike appearance of its fine fronds]
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|Noun||1.||maidenhair fern - any of various small to large terrestrial ferns of the genus Adiantum having delicate palmately branched fronds|
fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
Adiantum, genus Adiantum - cosmopolitan genus of ferns: maidenhair ferns; in some classification systems placed in family Polypodiaceae or Adiantaceae
Adiantum capillus-veneris, common maidenhair, southern maidenhair, Venus maidenhair, Venushair, Venus'-hair fern - delicate maidenhair fern with slender shining black leaf stalks; cosmopolitan
Adiantum pedatum, American maidenhair fern, five-fingered maidenhair fern - hardy palmately branched North American fern with divergent recurved branches borne on lustrous dark reddish stipes
Adiantum bellum, Bermuda maidenhair, Bermuda maidenhair fern - delicate endemic Bermudian fern with creeping rootstock