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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.
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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|
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