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Definition of 'old man's beard'


  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
       Synonyms: Spanish moss black moss long moss Tillandsia usneoides
  2. vigorous deciduous climber of Europe to Afghanistan and Lebanon having panicles of fragrant green-white flowers in summer and autumn
       Synonyms: traveler's joy traveller's joy Clematis vitalba
  3. common climber of eastern North America that sprawls over other plants and bears numerous panicles of small creamy white flowers
       Synonyms: virgin's bower devil's darning needle Clematis virginiana

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