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Alternative clues for the word fern

Fossil impression

Terrarium plant

Forest growth

Plant with a frond

Bracken, for one

Adder's-tongue, e.g.

Forest plant

Adder's-tongue or Venus's-hair

Woods plant

Common green house gift

See 103-Across

Spore producer

Plant with fiddleheads

Spore source

Popular house gift

Fronded plant

Pteridologist's specimen

Bit of green in a floral display

"Charlotte's Web" girl

Decorative plant

Plant with fronds

Shedder of spores

Crayola color since 1998

Office plant

Bit of office greenery

Flowerless plant

Frond bearer

Leaves in a waiting room?

Shade of green

Plant with spores

Item by many a reception desk

Any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward

House plant


Seedless plant

Club moss's kin

Maidenhair, e.g.

"___ Hill," D. Thomas poem


Maidenhair or bracken

Bouquet enhancer

Moonwort, for one

"Frondly" plant?

Brake or bracken


Bracken or brake

Maidenhair, for one

Bracken, e.g.

Bouquet greenery

It's often potted

Bit of greenery

Word definitions for fern in dictionaries

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Word definitions in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
noun EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS ▪ And if you have partial sun, holly fern would be a good choice, as would dwarf gardenias. ▪ And there are people who leave the track while trying to gather a few ferns. ▪ Description: This aquatic water fern is a rosette plant...

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Fern \Fern\ (f[~e]rn), n. [AS. fearn; akin to D. varen, G. farn, farnkraut; cf. Skr. par[.n]a wing, feather, leaf, sort of plant, or Lith. papartis fern.] (Bot.) An order of cryptogamous plants, the Filices , which have their fructification on the back...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. Any of a group of some twenty thousand species of vascular plants classified in the division Pteridophyta that lack seeds and reproduce by shedding spores to initiate an alternation of generations.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English fearn "fern," from Proto-Germanic *farno- (cognates: Old Saxon farn , Middle Dutch vaern , Dutch varen , Old High German farn , German Farn ).\n \nPossibly the word has a prehistoric sense of "having feathery fronds" and is from PIE *por-no-...

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
Fern (also Stichting Fern is a Dutch foundation created in 1995. It is an international non-governmental organization to keep track of the EU's involvement in forests and to coordinate NGO activities at the European level. Through its work, Fern aims to...

Usage examples of fern.

In between the stones at various levels from top to bottom were large, cavelike spaces where ferns, agapanthus, and calla lilies grew.

Now the iron beast, consuming its ration of coal, is really browsing the ancient foliage of arborescent ferns in which solar energy has accumulated.

If our lungs find in the atmosphere the aliment they need, it is thanks to the inconceivably incoherent forests of arborescent fern.

Behind us rose a dark and forbidding wood of giant arborescent ferns intermingled with the commoner types of a primeval tropical forest.

When the hunters tired of fishing, and when they wearied of crossing the sand-dunes and the glaring, shimmering beachglaring and shimmering on every fine day of summer-to poke off the mussels and spear the butterfish and groper, they pushed through the Ceratopetalums and the burrawangs, and, following the tortuous bed of the principal creek amid the ferns and the moss and the vines and the myrtles, gradually ascending, they entered the sub-tropical patch where the ferns were huge and lank and staghorns clustered on rocks and trees, and the beautiful Dendrobium clung, and the supplejacks and leatherwoods and bangalow palms ran up in slender height, and that pretty massive parasite-the wild fig-made its umbrageous shade, as has been written.

Bracken fern, rank and tall, Chorizema and snake vine, Bauera with the always blooming pink flowerets, and Tetratheca, with the layer of tangled twigs, made the going difficult.

Most of my readers know very well what a petit verre is, but there may be here and there a virtuous abstainer from alcoholic fluids, living among the bayberries and the sweet ferns, who is not aware that the words, as commonly used, signify a small glass--a very small glass--of spirit, commonly brandy, taken as a chasse-cafe, or coffee-chaser.

The spot where the brooklet came rushing over its rocky steep was reached, the ferns gathered and bepraised, before a word was interchanged between the stranger knight and me.

The ground was carpeted with luxuriant mosses and graceful ferns, and the continual appearance of brown hematite wherever there was a rise in the soil, betokened the existence of a rich vein of metal beneath.

The rain still fell, and the ground was boggy, but by digging close to the tough roots of the ferns she was able to construct a satisfactory burrow.

The burn, small with the summer drought, made a far-away tinkling, the sweet scents of pine and fern were about him, the dense boskage where it met the sky had in the dark a sharp marmoreal outline.

The door behind the row of palms and ferns was opening, and Miss Burd, in scholastic cap and gown, was ushering in the Mayor, the Mayoress, several Town Councilors and their wives, a few clergy, the head-master of the School of Art, and, to the place of honor in the middle, Sir James Hilton, the Member of Parliament for Grovebury, who was to conduct the ceremony of the afternoon.

It was not the trees and lianas only that were beautiful in these sunny openings, but the ferns, mosses, orchids, and selaginellas, with the crimson-tipped dracaena, and the crimson-veined caladium, and the great red nepenthe with purple blotches on its nearly diaphanous pitchers, and another pitcher-plant of an epiphytal habit, with pea-green pitchers scrambling to a great height over the branches of the smaller trees.

Sure enough, along the course followed by the inlet, the huge fern trees and calamites were flung down one after the other, their branches waving as they fell like vanquished standards.

Scrambling in the dell of a burn, he had observed both varieties of the filmy fern and what he knew to be a very rare cerast, and, though an ardent botanist, he had observed them unmoved.