: a genus of chiefly tropical ferns (family Polypodiaceae) having rather stiff pinnate leaves with the sori linear and parallel to the midvein of the pinnae

Word History


New Latin, from Latin blachnon, blechnon, a fern, from Greek blēchnon

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“Blechnum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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