old man's beard


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Related to old man's beard: Spanish moss, Usnea

old man's beard

n
(Plants) any of various plants having a white feathery appearance, esp traveller's joy and Spanish moss
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Noun1.old man's beard - dense festoons of greenish-grey hairlike flexuous strands anchored to tree trunks and branches by sparse wiry rootsold man's beard - dense festoons of greenish-grey hairlike flexuous strands anchored to tree trunks and branches by sparse wiry roots; southeastern United States and West Indies to South America
genus Tillandsia, Tillandsia - large genus of epiphytic or terrestrial sparse-rooting tropical plants usually forming dense clumps or pendant masses
aerophyte, air plant, epiphyte, epiphytic plant - plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it
2.old man's beard - vigorous deciduous climber of Europe to Afghanistan and Lebanon having panicles of fragrant green-white flowers in summer and autumnold man's beard - vigorous deciduous climber of Europe to Afghanistan and Lebanon having panicles of fragrant green-white flowers in summer and autumn
clematis - any of various ornamental climbing plants of the genus Clematis usually having showy flowers
3.old man's beard - common climber of eastern North America that sprawls over other plants and bears numerous panicles of small creamy white flowersold man's beard - common climber of eastern North America that sprawls over other plants and bears numerous panicles of small creamy white flowers
clematis - any of various ornamental climbing plants of the genus Clematis usually having showy flowers
References in classic literature ?
Then the youth seized the axe, split the anvil with one blow, and in it caught the old man's beard.
To which flower family does traveller's joy or old man's beard belong?
I have used lavender, hydrangea heads, teasel heads, verbena bonariensis flower heads, hypericum seed heads, old man's beard as well as juniper, holly and ivy of course.
Virga is the Latin for old man's beard, and it aptly describes the shape and appearance of this upper air rain.
She'd lie beside me panting, feathers covering her black muzzle like an old man's beard until the sight bothered me and I'd brush them away.