hart's-tongue


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hart's-tongue

(härts′tŭng′)
n.
An evergreen fern (Asplenium scolopendrium syn. Phyllitis scolopendrium) of northern temperate regions, having long narrow undivided fronds.

[From the shape of its fronds.]

hart's-tongue

n
(Plants) an evergreen Eurasian fern, Asplenium scolopendrium, with narrow undivided fronds bearing rows of sori: family Polypodiaceae
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Noun1.hart's-tongue - tropical American terrestrial fern with leathery lanceolate frondshart's-tongue - tropical American terrestrial fern with leathery lanceolate fronds; sometimes placed in genus Polybotrya
fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
2.hart's-tongue - Eurasian fern with simple lanceolate frondshart's-tongue - Eurasian fern with simple lanceolate fronds
fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
Asplenium, genus Asplenium - in some classification systems placed in family Polypodiaceae
References in classic literature ?
The wagonette swung round into a side road, and we curved upward through deep lanes worn by centuries of wheels, high banks on either side, heavy with dripping moss and fleshy hart's-tongue ferns.
Full of arching trees, draped in ivy and clad with spongy green mosses, Hart's-Tongue ferns erupt sporadically, while patches of lush, leafy Dog's Mercury lurk between the tree trunks, dappled in light.
On chalky soils, the smooth, crinkly, green tongue-like leaves of the common hart's-tongue thrive best.