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(Plants) a fern, Thelypteris phegopteris, that grows in damp N temperate woods and hills: family Polypodiaceae
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|Noun||1.||beech fern - any fern of the genus Phegopteris having deeply cut triangular fronds|
fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
genus Phegopteris, Phegopteris - beech ferns: genus is variously classified: considered alternative name for genus Dryopteris or included in genus Thelypteris
broad beech fern, Dryopteris hexagonoptera, Phegopteris hexagonoptera, southern beech fern, Thelypteris hexagonoptera - beech fern of North American woodlands having straw-colored stripes