old man's beard


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old man's beard

n
(Plants) any of various plants having a white feathery appearance, esp traveller's joy and Spanish moss
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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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
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Then the youth seized the axe, split the anvil with one blow, and in it caught the old man's beard. 'Now I have you,' said the youth.
"Just fancy, for a minute, the old man's beard stuck on to my chin.
Also known as old man's beard, this tree prefers full to partial sun and acidic soil.
They gathered peric'f3n, a type of marigold that turned the woolen skeins a buttercream colour; jarilla leaves that yielded a fresh green; and tree lichen known as old man's beard that dyed wool a yellow as pale as straw.
IAnd last weekend, in my new role as unofficial floral 'birder', I found a tiny blue plant - apparently the miniature 'sheep's bit' scabious - as well as the climber known as Old Man's Beard. It was the scent that first attracted me to it - so evocative of my childhood - but it took a while to identify it (many thanks, Facebook people) as the wild equivalent of our modern garden clematis.
These winter seedheads give it another of its country names - old man's beard!
We take a walk through a forest with primordial mystique that has silver ferns blanketing the floor of a beech forest -- the moist environment gives rise to emerald mosses, old man's beard and lichens.
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.