Venus hair fern

noun

variants or Venus' hair fern or less commonly Venus hair
plural Venus hair ferns or Venus' hair ferns also Venus hairs
: a maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) that grows chiefly on moist calcareous rocks and has delicate fronds with fan-shaped, lobed pinnae (see pinna sense 2) : southern maidenhair fern

Word History

First Known Use

1551, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Venus hair fern was in 1551

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“Venus hair fern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Venus%20hair%20fern. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

Venus hair fern

noun
variants or Venus' hair fern or Venus hair
: a delicate maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) that has been used in the preparation of expectorants and demulcents
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