adder's tongue

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Noun1.adder's tongue - ferns with fertile spikes shaped like a snake's tongueadder's tongue - ferns with fertile spikes shaped like a snake's tongue
fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
genus Ophioglossum, Ophioglossum - the type genus of the fern family Ophioglossaceae
Ophioglossum pendulum, ribbon fern - epiphytic fern with straplike usually twisted fronds of tropical Asia and Polynesia and America
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In fact, behind that tranquil gaze lurks a shrewd performer with an adder's tongue, a man who is probably as tall as John Wayne and rather like Wayne is never up-staged and never raises his voice to achieve an effect.
These include grasslands which have not been subject to artificial fertilisers and are home to meadow flowers and plants such as adder's tongue fern, which grows a single oval "leaf" every year, encasing a tongue-like spike.
Yet another name, adder's tongue, may refer to the pointed shoots of the plant as it germinates in early spring.