cinnamon fern

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cinnamon fern

n.
A fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum syn. Osmunda cinnamomea) found throughout the Americas and in East Asia having narrow, spore-bearing, cinnamon-colored fronds in early spring, which are later encircled by long, pinnately compound, sterile fronds.

cin′namon fern`


n.
a common coarse fern, Osmunda cinnamomea, having rusty-woolly stalks, growing in wet, low thickets.
[1810–20]
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Noun1.cinnamon fern - New World fern having woolly cinnamon-colored spore-bearing fronds in early spring later surrounded by green frondscinnamon fern - New World fern having woolly cinnamon-colored spore-bearing fronds in early spring later surrounded by green fronds; the early uncurling fronds are edible
osmund, flowering fern - any fern of the genus Osmunda: large ferns with creeping rhizomes; naked sporangia are on modified fronds that resemble flower clusters
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