[syn: walking leaf, leaf insect]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
a. & n. from Walk, v.
Walking beam. See Beam, 10.
Walking crane, a kind of traveling crane. See under
Walking fern. (Bot.) See Walking leaf, below.
Walking fish (Zool.), any one of numerous species of
Asiatic fishes of the genus Ophiocephalus, some of
which, as Ophiocephalus marulius, become over four feet
long. They have a special cavity over the gills lined with
a membrane adapted to retain moisture to aid in
respiration, and are thus able to travel considerable
distances over the land at night, whence the name. They
construct a curious nest for their young. Called also
Walking gentleman (Theater), an actor who usually fills
subordinate parts which require a gentlemanly appearance
but few words. [Cant]
Walking lady (Theater), an actress who usually fills such
parts as require only a ladylike appearance on the stage.
(a) (Bot.) A little American fern (Camptosorus
rhizophyllus); -- so called because the fronds taper
into slender prolongations which often root at the apex,
thus producing new plants.
(b) (Zool.) A leaf insect. See under Leaf.
Walking papers, or Walking ticket, an order to leave;
dismissal, as from office; as, to get one's walking
papers, i. e. to be dismissed or fired. [Colloq.]
(a) A stick or staff carried in the hand for hand for support
or amusement when walking; a cane.
(b) (Zool.) A stick insect; -- called also walking straw.
See Illust. of Stick insect, under Stick.
Walking wheel (Mach.), a prime mover consisting of a wheel
driven by the weight of men or animals walking either in
it or on it; a treadwheel.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: ferns having lanceolate fronds that root at the tip [syn:
walking fern, walking leaf, Asplenium rhizophyllum,
2: tropical insect having a flattened leaflike body; common in
southern Asia and the East Indies [syn: walking leaf, leaf