ostrich fern

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ostrich fern tall fern of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ostrich fern (Bot) a kind of fern (Onoclea Struthiopteris), the tall fronds of which grow in a circle from the rootstock. It is found in alluvial soil in Europe and North America.
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Usage

In literature:

Along with the ostrich fern it makes a most excellent combination in a fern border.
"The Fern Lover's Companion" by George Henry Tilton
In the ostrich fern and lady fern the plants are dioecious.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
It looked more like a cross between a fern and an ostrich plume.
"We Three" by Gouverneur Morris
The Ostrich and Cinnamon Ferns are the best subjects.
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn
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In news:

The new foliage of the ostrich fern is called a fiddlehead because it resembles the scroll at the end of a violin neck.
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