• WordNet 3.6
    • n Comptonia one species: sweet fern
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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.
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