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holdfast

[′hōl‚fast]
(botany)
A suckerlike base which attaches the thallus of certain algae to the support.
A disklike terminal structure on the tendrils of various plants used for attachment to a flat surface.
(invertebrate zoology)
An organ by which parasites such as tapeworms attach themselves to the host.

holdfast

A device for securing anything in its place, as a hook, bolt, spike, etc.
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As the women and children arrive in the holdfast, Sansa immediately notices that Ser Ilyn Payne (Wilko Johnson) is there.
These contents were significantly higher in the whole plants and stipes of Lagunillas, while the fronds and holdfast showed no variations between management strategies or seasons (Table 1).
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Kathleen Dean Moore writes about it in her intriguing 1999 book of the same name: "Holdfast."
After germination the seeds all formed holdfast roots to the cork host; but later generations do not show any interest in forming roots and rely on the plant structure for attachment (fig.
A larger version of the intertidal force sensor was constructed, enabling attachment of giant kelp with holdfast diameters up to 0.5 m across.
Sphenothallus may have been equally happy in normal marine conditions, where traces of holdfasts have also been observed.
Brag is a good dog, but Holdfast is better; something the supermarkets need to learn.
Old Holdfast courts his son's intended, young Isabella, remarking that 'a Pretty Woman [will] make an old Fellow young ...
In a separate bid, Metrix is up against the Holdfast consortium - which includes BT and Atkins - to operate a training academy providing a language school, MoD police and guarding, intelligence and photography.