- n Comptonia one species: sweet fern
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n comptonia In botany, a genus of shrubby apetalous plants, allied to Myrica and now usually included in it. The only species, C. asplenifolia, is the sweet-fern of the United States, a low shrub with highly aromatic pinnatifid leaves. It is said to be tonic and astringent, and is a domestic remedy for diarrhea.
- n comptonia In zoology, a genus of echinoderms.