American shield fern

noun

Definition of American shield fern

: a woodland fern (Dryopteris spinulosa intermedia) of eastern North America with pinnae bearing glandular hairs

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First Known Use of American shield fern

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“American shield fern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/American%20shield%20fern. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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