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fern

 (fûrn)
n.
Any of numerous flowerless, seedless vascular plants that produce spores giving rise to free-living gametophytes and that often have dissected leaves.

[Middle English, from Old English fearn; see per- in Indo-European roots.]

fern′y adj.

fern

(fɜːn)
n
1. (Plants) any tracheophyte plant of the phylum Filicinophyta, having roots, stems, and fronds and reproducing by spores formed in structures (sori) on the fronds. See also tree fern
2. (Plants) any of certain similar but unrelated plants, such as the sweet fern
[Old English fearn; related to Old High German farn, Sanskrit parná leaf]
ˈfernˌlike adj
ˈferny adj

fern

(fɜrn)

n.
a nonflowering vascular plant of the class Filicinae, having fronds and reproducing by spores.
[before 900; Middle English ferne, Old English fearn; c. Middle Dutch væren, Old High German farn fern, Skt parná feather]
fern′like`, adj.
fern′y, adj.

fern

(fûrn)
Any of numerous seedless plants usually having feathery fronds divided into many leaflets. Ferns have vascular tissue like plants that bear seeds but reproduce by means of spores.

Fern

 a huge quantity or number, 1300.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upwardfern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
pecopteris - Carboniferous fossil fern characterized by a regular arrangement of the leaflets resembling a comb
nonflowering plant, pteridophyte - plants having vascular tissue and reproducing by spores
fern seed - the asexual spore of ferns that resembles dust; once thought to be seeds and to make the possessor invisible
film fern, filmy fern - any fern of the genus Hymenophyllum growing in tropical humid regions and having translucent leaves
bristle fern, filmy fern - any fern of the genus Trichomanes having large pinnatifid often translucent fronds; most are epiphytic on tree branches and twigs or terrestrial on mossy banks
osmund, flowering fern - any fern of the genus Osmunda: large ferns with creeping rhizomes; naked sporangia are on modified fronds that resemble flower clusters
crape fern, Leptopteris superba, Prince-of-Wales feather, Prince-of-Wales fern, Prince-of-Wales plume, Todea superba - New Zealand with pinnate fronds and a densely woolly stalks; sometimes included in genus Todea
crepe fern, king fern, Todea barbara - fern of rain forests of tropical Australia and New Zealand and South Africa
curly grass, curly grass fern, Schizaea pusilla - rare small fern of northeastern North America having numerous slender spiraling fronds and forming dense tufts
Anemia adiantifolia, pine fern - fern of Florida and West Indies and Central America with rhizome densely clad in grown hairs
climbing fern - any of several ferns of the genus Lygodium that climb by twining
Mohria caffrorum, scented fern - sweetly scented African fern with narrow bipinnate fronds
aquatic fern, water fern - ferns that grow in water
adder's tongue, adder's tongue fern - ferns with fertile spikes shaped like a snake's tongue
grape fern - a fern of the genus Botrychium having a fertile frond bearing small grapelike clusters of spore cases
flowering fern, Helminthostachys zeylanica - Australasian fern with clusters of sporangia on stems of fertile fronds
Diplopterygium longissimum, giant scrambling fern - large scrambling fern forming large patches to 18 feet high; Pacific region and China
fan fern, Gleichenia flabellata, Sticherus flabellatus, umbrella fern - large Australasian fern with fanlike repeatedly forked fronds; sometimes placed in genus Gleichenia
polypody - any of numerous ferns of the genus Polypodium
Aglaomorpha meyeniana, bear's-paw fern - epiphytic fern with large fronds; Taiwan and Philippines
strap fern - fern with long narrow strap-shaped leaves
Drynaria rigidula, basket fern - giant epiphytic or lithophytic fern; Asia to Polynesia and Australia
lecanopteris - any of several bizarre ferns of the genus Lecanopteris having swollen hollow rhizomes that provide homes for symbiotic ants
Microgramma-piloselloides, snake polypody - epiphytic ferns with long rhizomes; tropical America
climbing bird's nest fern, Microsorium punctatum - tropical Africa to Australasia and Polynesia
golden polypody, Phlebodium aureum, Polypodium aureum, rabbit's-foot fern, serpent fern - tropical American fern with brown scaly rhizomes cultivated for its large deeply lobed deep bluish-green fronds; sometimes placed in genus Polypodium
staghorn fern - any of various tropical ferns of the genus Platycerium having large flat lobed fronds often resembling the antlers of a stag
Cyclophorus lingua, felt fern, Pyrrosia lingua, tongue fern - east Asian fern having fronds shaped like tongues; sometimes placed in genus Cyclophorus
Solanopteris bifrons, potato fern - small epiphytic fern of South America with tuberous swellings along rhizomes
grass fern, Vittaria lineata, ribbon fern - epiphytic fern found in lowland forests of tropical America
spleenwort - any of various chiefly rock-inhabiting ferns of the genus Asplenium
Asplenium nidus, bird's nest fern - tropical Old World or Australian epiphytic fern frequently forming tufts in tree crotches
Asplenium scolopendrium, Phyllitis scolopendrium, hart's-tongue, hart's-tongue fern - Eurasian fern with simple lanceolate fronds

fern

noun

Ferns

adder's-tongue, bladder fern, beech fern, bracken, buckler fern, hard fern, hart's-tongue, lady fern, maidenhair, male fern, marsh fern, moonwort, oak fern, parsley fern, pillwort, rock brake, royal fern, shield fern, sword fern, tree fern, Venus's-hair, walking fern, wall rue, woodsia
Translations
سَرْخَسسَرْخَس، خِنْشار
kapradina
bregne
saniainen
paprat
páfrány
burkni
しだ
고사리
filix
papartis
paparde
paprat
ormbunke
ต้นเฟิร์น
eğreltieğrelti otu
dương xỉ

fern

[fɜːn] Nhelecho m

fern

[ˈfɜːrn] n (= plant) → fougère f

fern

nFarn (→ kraut nt) m

fern

[fɜːn] nfelce f

fern

(fəːn) noun
a kind of plant with no flowers and delicate feather-like leaves.

fern

سَرْخَس kapradina bregne Farnkraut φτέρη helecho saniainen fougère paprat felce シダ 고사리 varen bregne paproć feto, samambaia папоротник ormbunke ต้นเฟิร์น eğrelti otu dương xỉ
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Before she could speak, Annie had the cover off, and all were exclaiming at the lovely roses, heath, and fern within.
Still, all this while, nothing more passed between us save that Flora had let her foolish fern again drop to the ground.
Carter's cows, trod the short grass of the pasture, with its well-worn path running through gardens of buttercups and white- weed, and groves of ivory leaves and sweet fern.
The hermit was apparently somewhat moved to compassion by the anxiety as well as address which the stranger displayed in tending his horse; for, muttering something about provender left for the keeper's palfrey, he dragged out of a recess a bundle of forage, which he spread before the knight's charger, and immediately afterwards shook down a quantity of dried fern in the corner which he had assigned for the rider's couch.
All the way down the path little animals came out of the fern to meet them; the very first that they met were Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny!
Sweet Fern has learned to read and write, and has put on a jacket and pair of pantaloons--all of which improvements I am sorry for.
How relieved she was when she had got safely under the oaks and among the fern of the Chase
All that time he heard nothing but the sound of a million little waters, overhead from the trees, and underfoot along the ground, soaking through the pine-needles, dripping from the tongues of draggled fern, and spouting in newly-torn muddy channels down the slopes.
He left them, carefully closing the front door; and when they looked through the hall window, they saw him go up the drive and begin to climb the slopes of withered fern behind the house.
or whom he could hold entranced before a ledge of granite thrusting up through the fern while he unrolled the huge panorama of the ice age, and the long dim stretches of succeeding time.
There are noble mausoleums rooted for centuries in retired glades of parks among the growing timber and the fern, which perhaps hold fewer noble secrets than walk abroad among men, shut up in the breast of Mr.
The brook, of which the banks were clothed with dense masses of a gigantic species of maidenhair fern interspersed with feathery tufts of wild asparagus, sung merrily at our side, the soft air murmured through the leaves of the silver trees, doves cooed around, and bright-winged birds flashed like living gems from bough to bough.