dead–man's–fingers

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction
variants: or

dead–men's–fingers

Definition of dead–man's–fingers

  1. 1 :  any of several European orchids (genus Orchis) having pale digitate roots (especially O. mascula, O. maculata, O. latifolia, and O. morio)

  2. 2 :  any of several other plants: such as a :  bird's-foot trefoil 1a b :  cuckoopint c :  meadow foxtail grass

  3. 3 :  the fruiting bodies of fungi of the genus Xylaria (especially X. polymorpha)

  4. 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. 5 :  dead man 1

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