Fern

Definition of Fern

Pronunciation: fẽrn
adv.1.Long ago.
a.1.Ancient; old. [Obs.] "Pilgrimages to . . . ferne halwes." [saints].
n.1.(Bot.) An order of cryptogamous plants, the Filices, which have their fructification on the back of the fronds or leaves. They are usually found in humid soil, sometimes grow epiphytically on trees, and in tropical climates often attain a gigantic size.
Christmas fern
See under Christmas.
Climbing fern
(Bot.) a delicate North American fern (Lygodium palmatum), which climbs several feet high over bushes, etc., and is much sought for purposes of decoration.
Fern owl
a - (Zool.) The European goatsucker.
b - The short-eared owl.
Fern shaw
a fern thicket.
- R. Browning.

Related Words

Calamites, Cycadofilicales, Filicales, Selaginellaceae, Sigillaria, algae, autophyte, bean, bracken, brown algae, calamite, climber, conferva, confervoid, creeper, cycadofilicales, diatom, equisetum, filicoids, fruits and vegetables, fucus, fungus, grapevine, green algae, gulfweed, herb, heterophyte, ivy, kelp, legume, lentil, lepidodendrids, lepidodendroids, liana, lichen, liverwort, mold, moss, mushroom, parasite, parasitic plant, pea, perthophyte, phytoplankton, planktonic algae, plant families, puffball, pulse, red algae, rockweed, rust, saprophyte, sargasso, sargassum, sea lentil, sea moss, sea wrack, seaweed, smut, succulent, toadstool, vetch, vine, wort, wrack
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