dog lichen

noun

Definition of dog lichen

: a common foliose lichen (Peltigera canina) that has the thallus brownish green above and whitish beneath and fruiting bodies resembling the teeth of a dog and that was formerly believed to cure hydrophobia

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First Known Use of dog lichen

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Dog lichen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dog%20lichen. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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