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Any of numerous widely distributed evergreen ferns of the genus Asplenium, having undivided to featherlike fronds with oblong to linear sori arranged along the veins.
[So called because it was thought to cure spleen disorders.]
(Plants) any of various ferns of the genus Asplenium, esp A. trichomanes, that often grows on walls, having linear or oblong sori on the undersurface of the fronds. See also asplenium
1. any temperate and tropical fern of the genus Asplenium.
2. any of certain ferns of the genus Athyrium.
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|Noun||1.||spleenwort - any of various chiefly rock-inhabiting ferns of the genus Asplenium|
fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
Asplenium adiantum-nigrum, black spleenwort - spleenwort of Europe and Africa and Asia having pinnate fronds and yielding an astringent
Asplenium platyneuron, ebony spleenwort, Scott's Spleenwort - common North American fern with polished black stripes
black-stem spleenwort, black-stemmed spleenwort, little ebony spleenwort - fern of tropical America: from southern United States to West Indies and Mexico to Brazil
Asplenium rhizophyllum, Camptosorus rhizophyllus, walking fern, walking leaf - ferns having lanceolate fronds that root at the tip
Asplenium trichomanes, maidenhair spleenwort - small rock-inhabiting fern of northern temperate zone and Hawaii with pinnate fronds
Asplenium viride, green spleenwort - a small fern with slim green fronds; widely distributed in cool parts of northern hemisphere
Asplenium ruta-muraria, wall rue, wall rue spleenwort - small delicate spleenwort found on a steep slope (as a wall or cliff) of Eurasia and North America