old-man's-beard


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old-man's-beard

(ōld′mănz-bîrd′)
n.
1. Any of various lichens of the genus Usnea having tangled grayish-green strands that hang from tree branches.
2. Any of several clematis plants having feathery plumed seeds.
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Huge Sitka spruce rose above us, draped in old-man's-beard, spike moss, and sword fern; western hemlock upwards of 20 feet in circumference loomed like great Greek columns.