noun \ˈfərn\

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

Full Definition of FERN

:  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
fern·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective
ferny \ˈfər-nē\ adjective

Origin 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
FERNLIKE Defined for Kids


noun \ˈfərn\

Definition of FERN for Kids

:  a plant that produces spores instead of seeds and no flowers and whose leaves are usually divided into many parts
fern·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective


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