fiddlehead

Definition of fiddlehead

fid´dle`head`
n.1.any of several tall ferns of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes.
2.New World fern (Osmunda cinnamonea) having woolly cinnamon-colored spore-bearing fronds in early spring later surrounded by green fronds, called also fiddlehead fern; the early uncurling fronds are edible, and sometimes considered as a vegetable delicacy.
3.(Naut.) an ornament on a ship's bow, curved like the volute or scroll at the head of a violin. Sometimes it serves the function of a billhead.

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fern, genus Matteuccia, genus Pteretis, Matteuccia, Matteuccia struthiopteris, Onoclea struthiopteris, ostrich fern, Pteretis, Pteretis struthiopteris, shuttlecock fern
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