variants: or dead-men's-fingers

Definition of dead-man'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)
4a : 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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