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fern

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noun \ˈfərn\

Simple Definition of fern

  • : a type of plant that has large, delicate leaves and no flowers

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fern

  1. :  any of a division (Filicophyta) or class (Filicopsida) of flowerless spore-producing vascular plants having alternating sporophyte and gametophyte generations; especially :  any of an order (Filicales) of homosporous plants possessing roots, stems, and leaflike fronds — compare seed fern

fernlike

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ferny

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Origin and Etymology of fern

Middle English, from Old English fearn; akin to Old High German farn fern, Sanskrit parṇa wing, leaf


First Known Use: before 12th century


FERN Defined for Kids

fern

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noun \ˈfərn\

Definition of fern for Students

  1. :  a plant that produces spores instead of seeds and no flowers and whose leaves are usually divided into many parts

fernlike

\-ˌlīk\ adjective



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