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{adj: scraggly} lacking neatness or order
"the old man's scraggly beard"
"a scraggly little path to the door"

{n: Spanish moss, old man's beard, black moss, long moss, Tillandsia usneoides} 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

{n: traveler's joy, traveller's joy, old man's beard, Clematis vitalba} vigorous deciduous climber of Europe to Afghanistan and Lebanon having panicles of fragrant green-white flowers in summer and autumn

{n: virgin's bower, old man's beard, devil's darning needle, Clematis virginiana} common climber of eastern North America that sprawls over other plants and bears numerous panicles of small creamy white flowers

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