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eq·ui·se·tum

 (ĕk′wə-sē′təm)
n. pl. eq·ui·se·tums or eq·ui·se·ta (-tə)

[Latin equisaetum, horsetail : equus, horse; see ekwo- in Indo-European roots + saeta, bristle, stiff hair.]

equisetum

(ˌɛkwɪˈsiːtəm)
n, pl -tums or -ta (-tə)
(Plants) any tracheophyte plant of the genus Equisetum, which comprises the horsetails
[C19: New Latin, changed from Latin equisaetum, from equus horse + saeta bristle]

horse•tail

(ˈhɔrsˌteɪl)

n.
a nonflowering plant of the genus Equisetum, family Equisetaceae, with hollow jointed stems bearing scaly leaves and a spikelike cone bearing spores.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.equisetum - horsetailsEquisetum - horsetails; coextensive with the family Equisetaceae
fern genus - genera of ferns and fern allies
Equisetaceae, family Equisetaceae, horsetail family - sole surviving family of the Equisetales: fern allies
horsetail - perennial rushlike flowerless herbs with jointed hollow stems and narrow toothlike leaves that spread by creeping rhizomes; tend to become weedy; common in northern hemisphere; some in Africa and South America
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MANILA -- Huperzias are among the exotic nonflowering plants allied to ferns (Filices), Psylotums, Selaginellas, Equisetums and other sporebearing plants.
Arbuscular mycorrhizas and dark septate fungi in Lycopodium paniculatum (Lycopodiaceae) and Equisetum bogotense (Equisetaceae) in a Valdivian temperate forest of Patagonia, Argentina.