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Any of several small ferns of the genus Woodsia, having pinnately divided fronds and growing in clusters in cool rocky areas.
[New Latin Woodsia, genus name, after Joseph Woods (1776-1864), British botanist.]
(Plants) any small fern of the genus Woodsia, of temperate and cold regions, having tufted rhizomes and numerous wiry fronds: family Polypodiaceae
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|Noun||1.||woodsia - any fern of the genus Woodsia |
fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
genus Woodsia - genus of small to medium-sized usually rock-inhabiting ferns of temperate and cold regions; in some classification systems placed in Polypodiaceae
fragrant woodsia, oblong woodsia, rusty woodsia, Woodsia ilvensis - a common rock-inhabiting fern of northern temperate regions having rusty-brown stipes and lanceolate pinnate fronds
Alpine woodsia, flower-cup fern, northern woodsia, Woodsia alpina - slender fern of northern North America with shining chestnut-colored stipes and bipinnate fronds with usually distinct marginal sori