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1. A curved, scroll-like ornament at the top of a ship's bow resembling that on the head of a violin.
2. The young, coiled, edible frond of any of various ferns. Also called crosier.
1. (Nautical Terms) nautical an ornamental carving, in the shape of the scroll at the head end of a fiddle, fitted to the top of the stem or cutwater
2. (Botany) US and Canadian the edible coiled tip of a young fern frond
the young coiled frond of a fern.
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|Noun||1.||fiddlehead - tall fern of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes|
Matteuccia struthiopteris, Onoclea struthiopteris, ostrich fern, Pteretis struthiopteris, shuttlecock fern
fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
|2.||fiddlehead - New World fern having woolly cinnamon-colored spore-bearing fronds in early spring later surrounded by green fronds; the early uncurling fronds are edible|