Pteris

1 of 2

noun

ˈterə̇s,
ˈtir-
1
: a genus of coarse ferns (family Polypodiaceae) having variously divided or rarely simple fronds with a marginal linear continuous sorus and an indusium composed of the reflexed margin of the frond see pteridium
2
pteris plural pterises : ribbon fern

-pteris

2 of 2

noun combining form

-p·​ter·​is
pt(ə)rə̇s
: fern
in generic names
Glossopteris
Ornithopteris

Word History

Etymology

Noun

New Latin, from Greek pterid-, pteris fern; akin to Greek pteron feather, wing

Noun combining form

New Latin, from Greek, from pteris

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“Pteris.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pteris. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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