adder's-tongue

adder's-tongue
\\ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷\ noun also adder tongue (plural adder's-tongues also adder tongues)
Etymology: so called from the shape of its fruiting spike
1. : a fern of the genus Ophioglossum
2. : any of several plants especially in the genera Achillea, Arum, Erythronium, Geranium, Orchis, and Peramium having leaves or flower or fruiting spikes suggesting the fruiting spikes of adder's-tongue fern

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  • Adder's-tongue — Ad der s tongue , n. (Bot.) (a) A genus of ferns ({Ophioglossum}), whose seeds are produced on a spike resembling a serpent s tongue. (b) The yellow dogtooth violet. Gray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adder's-tongue — [ad′ərz tuŋ΄] n. ☆ 1. DOGTOOTH VIOLET 2. any of a genus (Ophioglossum, family Ophioglossaceae) of ferns with a narrow spike somewhat resembling a snake s tongue …   English World dictionary

  • Adder's tongue — is a common name for several plants:* Ophioglossum , a class in the order Ophioglossales. * Erythronium (also known as Fawn Lily, Trout Lily, or Dog s tooth Violet), a genus of lilies …   Wikipedia

  • adder's-tongue — vienalapė driežlielė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Driežlielinių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Ophioglossum vulgatum), paplitęs Europoje, Azijoje ir Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Ophioglossum vulgatum angl. adder s tongue; English… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • adder's tongue — noun ferns with fertile spikes shaped like a snake s tongue • Syn: ↑adder s tongue fern • Hypernyms: ↑fern • Hyponyms: ↑ribbon fern, ↑Ophioglossum pendulum • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • adder’s-tongue — eritronis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Lelijinių (Liliaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Erythronium). atitikmenys: lot. Erythronium angl. adder’s tongue; Fawn lily; trout lily vok. Hundszahn; Zahnlilie rus. кандык; эритрониум lenk. psi ząb …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • Adder's-tongue Spearwort — is an aquatic member of the Buttercup family of plants, with small, bright yellow buttercup like flowers. Also known as the Badgeworth Buttercup this plant has been the subject of considerable conservation effort from Gloucestershire Wildlife… …   Wikipedia

  • adder's tongue fern — noun ferns with fertile spikes shaped like a snake s tongue • Syn: ↑adder s tongue • Hypernyms: ↑fern • Hyponyms: ↑ribbon fern, ↑Ophioglossum pendulum • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • adder's-tongue — ad′der s tongue n. 1) pln any of various ferns of the genus Ophioglossum and family Ophioglossaceae, having a tall fruiting spike resembling a snake s tongue 2) pln any of several American dogtooth violets …   From formal English to slang

  • adder's-tongue — noun Date: 1578 1. any of a genus (Ophioglossum, family Ophioglossaceae) of small ferns having a spore bearing stalk resembling a serpent s tongue 2. dogtooth violet …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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