Australian tree fern

noun

: a fast-growing tree fern (Cyathea cooperi) native to Australia that has broad, finely-divided fronds and a thin stem and that is cultivated as an ornamental
His black-bottom lagoon-style pool features two 20-feet-tall Australian tree ferns nearby.Christine Cole, Orlando Sentinel, 2 Apr. 2004
An avenue of Australian tree ferns spreads great green fronds to create a delicate pattern of light and dark over indigenous Irish ferns below.Brian De Breffny, Architectural Digest, October 1986

Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Australian tree fern was in 1857

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“Australian tree fern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Australian%20tree%20fern. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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