sweet fern


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Related to sweet fern: Comptonia peregrina, sheep laurel

sweet fern

n.
An aromatic deciduous shrub (Comptonia peregrina) of eastern North America, having narrow, deeply lobed, fernlike leaves and minute flowers grouped in catkinlike heads.
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sweet fern

n
(Plants) a North American shrub, Comptonia (or Myrica) asplenifolia, having scented fernlike leaves and heads of brownish flowers: family Myricaceae
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sweet fern - mat-forming lithophytic or terrestrial fern with creeping rootstocks and large pinnatifid fronds found throughout North America and Europe and Africa and east Asiasweet fern - mat-forming lithophytic or terrestrial fern with creeping rootstocks and large pinnatifid fronds found throughout North America and Europe and Africa and east Asia
polypody - any of numerous ferns of the genus Polypodium
2.sweet fern - deciduous shrub of eastern North America with sweet scented fernlike leaves and tiny white flowers
Comptonia, genus Comptonia - one species: sweet fern
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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Sweet Fern has learned to read and write, and has put on a jacket and pair of pantaloons--all of which improvements I am sorry for.
I wish there were any likelihood of my soon seeing Primrose, Periwinkle, Dandelion, Sweet Fern, Clover Plantain, Huckleberry, Milkweed, Cowslip, Buttercup, Blue Eye, and Squash Blossom again.
Carter's cows, trod the short grass of the pasture, with its well-worn path running through gardens of buttercups and white- weed, and groves of ivory leaves and sweet fern. She descended a little hill, jumped from stone to stone across a woodland brook, startling the drowsy frogs, who were always winking and blinking in the morning sun.
With milk from her five goats and herbs from her gardens (lavender and peppermint are top scents), Lee expanded her line to include soaps, lotion, lip balm, an itch stick and even a sweet fern tea that is a natural remedy for poison ivy.
She taught her grandchildren to enjoy sweet fern tea, and when in season, cooked wild greens: pigweed, dandelion greens, milkweed, and fiddlehead ferns.
Only the pine boughs piled atop his bed, the sweet fern, woodruff, and drying herbs gathered in the months before the snow, only the earthy nest that she built with unaccustomed fingers, nearly hide his soured sweat.