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maid•en•hair

(ˈmeɪd nˌhɛər)

n.
any of numerous ferns of the genus Adiantum, of the polypody family, having slender glossy stalks and finely divided fronds. Also called maid′enhair fern′.
[1375–1425]
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Noun1.maidenhair - any of various small to large terrestrial ferns of the genus Adiantum having delicate palmately branched frondsmaidenhair - 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
Adiantum tenerum, brittle maidenhair, brittle maidenhair fern - tropical American fern with broad pinnae; widely cultivated
Translations

maidenhair

[ˈmeɪdnhɛəʳ] N (also maidenhair fern) → cabello m de Venus, culantrillo m

maidenhair

[ˈmeɪdnˌhɛəʳ] n (also maidenhair fern) → capelvenere m
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In the first chapter Varney "seizes the long tresses of the maiden's hair, and while her beautifully rounded limbs quiver with the agony of her soul, he seizes her neck in his fang-like teeth, a gush of blood and a hideous sucking noise follows."
Two days past solstice: slow windless snow, building since midday ceaseless and unremitting as the lungs' foam in her throat The driver leading I struggled with the stretcher on the slope; my father held her hand, brushed the night's white from her maiden's hair I laboured mightily with words like an errant child seeking the freedom of knowing all was forgiven If the tone of many of these is frank suffering, the tone of the whole volume is melancholy, worried and, at times, downcast.
Laura Amy Schlitz's A DROWNED MAIDEN'S HAIR: A MELODRAMA (0763629308, $15.99) tells of Maud, a 'plain, clever and bad' girl living at an orphanage, who is adopted into a real family headed by elderly sisters who think she's perfect.