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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.
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Adj.1.ferny - abounding in or covered with ferns; "the ferny undergrowth"
2.ferny - resembling ferns especially in leaf shape; "the ferny shadows of locust leaves"
ferned, ferny - abounding in or covered with ferns; "the ferny undergrowth"
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And then, all of a sudden, a little way up the ferny grassy hillside, I caught sight of the end of a book half hidden among the ferns.
We sat on the ferny bank of the pool and ate of the generous basket Aunt Janet had provided, with appetites sharpened by the keen spring air and our wilderness rovings.
It had many openings and ferny howes; and a road or bridle track ran north and south through the midst of it, by the edge of which, where was a spring, I sat down to eat some oat-bread of Mr.
All looked colder and darker in that visionary hollow than in reality: and the strange little figure there gazing at me, with a white face and arms specking the gloom, and glittering eyes of fear moving where all else was still, had the effect of a real spirit: I thought it like one of the tiny phantoms, half fairy, half imp, Bessie's evening stories represented as coming out of lone, ferny dells in moors, and appearing before the eyes of belated travellers.
Now and again a peaty amber colored stream rippled across their way, with ferny over-grown banks, where the blue kingfisher flitted busily from side to side, or the gray and pensive heron, swollen with trout and dignity, stood ankle-deep among the sedges.
He pulled away with swift defiant strokes, and Anne went up the steep, ferny little path under the maples.
Anne and Gilbert put their nest in order, rambled on the shores, sailed on the harbor, drove about Four Winds and the Glen, or through the ferny, sequestered roads of the woods around the harbor head; in short, had such a honeymoon as any lovers in the world might have envied them.
That home lies amid a sequestered and rather hilly region, thirty miles removed from X ; a region whose verdure the smoke of mills has not yet sullied, whose waters still run pure, whose swells of moorland preserve in some ferny glens that lie between them the very primal wildness of nature, her moss, her bracken, her blue-bells, her scents of reed and heather, her free and fresh breezes.
It produces pendant cream-yellow flowers with light maroon-red spots against a backdrop of ferny leaves.
Local Government Minister and Member for Ferny Grove Mark Furner said the project will create an estimated 37 full-time equivalent jobs.
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ARGYRANTHEMUM FRUTESCENS (Marguerite) white, pink or yellow ferny foliage below.