old man's beard

noun
1. dense festoons of greenish-grey hairlike flexuous strands anchored to tree trunks and branches by sparse wiry roots; southeastern United States and West Indies to South America
Hypernyms: ↑air plant, ↑epiphyte, ↑aerophyte, ↑epiphytic plant
Member Holonyms: ↑Tillandsia, ↑genus Tillandsia
2. common climber of eastern North America that sprawls over other plants and bears numerous panicles of small creamy white flowers
Hypernyms: ↑clematis
3. vigorous deciduous climber of Europe to Afghanistan and Lebanon having panicles of fragrant green-white flowers in summer and autumn
Hypernyms: ↑clematis

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old man's beard noun
A name for several plants including traveller's joy
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Main Entry:old

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n.
1) a wild clematis that has fluffy gray hairs around the seeds. Genus Clematis, family Ranunculaceae: several species, in particular traveler's joy and virgin's bower
2) a large lichen that forms shaggy grayish beardlike growths on the branches of trees. Usnea barbata and related species, order Parmeliales

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Old man's beard — Old Old, a. [Compar. {Older}; superl. {Oldest}.] [OE. old, ald, AS. ald, eald; akin to D. oud, OS. ald, OFries. ald, old, G. alt, Goth. alpeis, and also to Goth. alan to grow up, Icel. ala to bear, produce, bring up, L. alere to nourish. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • old-man's beard — «OHLD MANZ BIHRD», noun, or old man s beard. 1. = beard lichen. (Cf. ↑beard lichen) 2. = fringe tree. 3. British. a European clematis with fragrant, greenish white flowers …   Useful english dictionary

  • Old man's beard — may refer to the following species: Usnea, a type of lichen. Clematis aristata, an Australian climbing plant. Clematis vitalba, a climbing plant. Chionanthus virginicus, a tree, which is used like a medicinal plant and ornamental plant.… …   Wikipedia

  • old-man's beard — ōl(d) .manz n a greenish gray pendulous lichen of the genus Usnea (U. barbata) that grows on trees and is a source of usnic acid …   Medical dictionary

  • old-man's-beard — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ noun 1. : any of several clematises: as a. : an American virgin s bower (Clematis virginiana) b. : a European traveler s joy (C. vitalba) 2. a …   Useful english dictionary

  • old man’s beard — gelsvoji raganė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Vėdryninių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Clematis vitalba), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje ir pietų ir vidurio Europoje. atitikmenys: lot. Clematis vitalba angl. old man’s… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • old-man's-beard — gelsvoji raganė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Vėdryninių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Clematis vitalba), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje ir pietų ir vidurio Europoje. atitikmenys: lot. Clematis vitalba angl. old man’s… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • old-man's-beard — virgininis sniegmedis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Alyvmedinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Chionanthus virginicus), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Chionanthus virginicus angl. fringetree; old man s beard;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • old-man's-beard — barzdotoji raganė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Vėdryninių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Clematis drummondii), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Clematis drummondii angl. old man s beard; Texas virgin s bower isp. barba de Viejo;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • old-man's-beard — /ohld manz beard /, n. 1. See fringe tree. 2. beard moss. 3. traveler s joy. [1735 45] * * * …   Universalium

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