variants or dead-men's-fingers
1
: any of several European orchids (genus Orchis) having pale digitate roots (especially O. mascula, O. maculata, O. latifolia, and O. morio)
2
: any of several other plants: such as
c
: meadow foxtail grass
3
: the fruiting bodies of fungi of the genus Xylaria (especially X. polymorpha)
4
a
: a fleshy alcyonarian (Alcyonium digitatum) usually lobed or digitate in form
b
: a white or grayish digitately branching sponge (Chalina arbuscula) of the Atlantic coast
5
: dead man

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“Dead-man's-fingers.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dead-man%27s-fingers. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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