spleenwort

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spleenwort any of various chiefly rock-inhabiting ferns of the genus Asplenium
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spleenwort (Bot) Any fern of the genus Asplenium, some species of which were anciently used as remedies for disorders of the spleen.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spleenwort Any fern of the genus Asplenium. The ebony spleenwort is A. ebeneum; the maidenhair spleenwort is A. Trichomanes; the wall-rue spleenwort is A. Ruta-muraria.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Spleenwort any fern of the genus Asplenium
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Spleen, + wort,; cf. L. splenium, asplenium, Gr. , , .
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. splen—Gr. splēn.

Usage

In literature:

I want to show you a strange sort of spleenwort that I gathered this morning.
"Born in Exile" by George Gissing
The large spleenworts including Lady Fern.
"The Fern Lover's Companion" by George Henry Tilton
Tufted spleenwort, primroses, and broom tangle the hedges under boughs of hornbeam and sweet-chestnut.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
Tufted spleenwort, primroses, and broom tangle the hedges under boughs of hornbeam and sweet-chestnut.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
The humble Wall Rue and the Wall Spleenwort grow on walls chiefly, sometimes on rocky banks.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
Sea spleenwort and masses of samphire grew on the cliffs to his right.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
In the buckler-ferns it is kidney-shaped, in the spleenworts long and narrow, and so on.
"The Swan and Her Crew" by George Christopher Davies
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In news:

Ravine Is Home To The Spleenwort.
When visiting Bailey's Ravine at Ayers Gap, beware of the mountain spleenwort.
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