1) pln any of various ferns of the genus Ophioglossum and family Ophioglossaceae, having a tall fruiting spike resembling a snake's tongue
2) pln any of several American dogtooth violets

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Adder's-tongue — Ad der s tongue , n. (Bot.) (a) A genus of ferns ({Ophioglossum}), whose seeds are produced on a spike resembling a serpent s tongue. (b) The yellow dogtooth violet. Gray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adder's-tongue — [ad′ərz tuŋ΄] n. ☆ 1. DOGTOOTH VIOLET 2. any of a genus (Ophioglossum, family Ophioglossaceae) of ferns with a narrow spike somewhat resembling a snake s tongue …   English World dictionary

  • Adder's tongue — is a common name for several plants:* Ophioglossum , a class in the order Ophioglossales. * Erythronium (also known as Fawn Lily, Trout Lily, or Dog s tooth Violet), a genus of lilies …   Wikipedia

  • adder's-tongue — vienalapė driežlielė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Driežlielinių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Ophioglossum vulgatum), paplitęs Europoje, Azijoje ir Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Ophioglossum vulgatum angl. adder s tongue; English… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • adder's-tongue — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun also adder tongue (plural adder s tongues also adder tongues) Etymology: so called from the shape of its fruiting spike 1. : a fern of the genus Ophioglossum 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • adder's tongue — noun ferns with fertile spikes shaped like a snake s tongue • Syn: ↑adder s tongue fern • Hypernyms: ↑fern • Hyponyms: ↑ribbon fern, ↑Ophioglossum pendulum • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • adder’s-tongue — eritronis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Lelijinių (Liliaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Erythronium). atitikmenys: lot. Erythronium angl. adder’s tongue; Fawn lily; trout lily vok. Hundszahn; Zahnlilie rus. кандык; эритрониум lenk. psi ząb …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • adder's-tongue — noun Date: 1578 1. any of a genus (Ophioglossum, family Ophioglossaceae) of small ferns having a spore bearing stalk resembling a serpent s tongue 2. dogtooth violet …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • adder's-tongue — noun A genus of ferns (Ophioglossum), whose seeds are produced on a spike resembling a serpent’s tongue. (b) The yellow dogtooth violet. Gray …   Wiktionary

  • adder's-tongue — ad·der s tongue …   English syllables

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