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old man('s) beard

[Car.; cf. Brit. dial. idem W3 and Scots auld-man's-beard CSD, both different sp.; from the plant's "thin, curly greyish stems... hanging from trees, electric wires, etc. like tufts of hair" DJE] n. a parasitical plant, Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides): 1889 (Gardner 354). (Gen.)

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Last update: 2010-11-09 04:17
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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