walking leaf


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walking leaf

n.
1. A walking fern.
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leaf′ in`sect


n.
any of several orthopterous insects of the family Phillidae, of S Asia and the Malay Archipelago, having a body that resembles a leaf in color and form. Also called walking leaf.
[1860–65]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.walking leaf - ferns having lanceolate fronds that root at the tipwalking leaf - ferns having lanceolate fronds that root at the tip
spleenwort - any of various chiefly rock-inhabiting ferns of the genus Asplenium
2.walking leaf - tropical insect having a flattened leaflike bodywalking leaf - tropical insect having a flattened leaflike body; common in southern Asia and the East Indies
phasmid, phasmid insect - large cylindrical or flattened mostly tropical insects with long strong legs that feed on plants; walking sticks and leaf insects
genus Phyllium, Phyllium - type genus of the Phyllidae
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In the woods around the famous Iguazu Waterfalls were discovered numerous individuals of a lithe walking leaf identified as Typophyllum inflatum, a species long ago described from Bolivia, and apparently never reported again.
and entomologist Orlando Eusebio named the leaf insect, or the "walking leaf" species, Phyllium bonifacioi, in honor of Filipino revolutionary Andres Bonifacio.
Like the walking leaf's, the para-fictional camouflage of Zhao's work allows it to blend seamlessly into its informational surroundings.