bird's-nest fern

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\ ˈbərdz-ˌnest- How to pronounce bird's-nest fern (audio) \

Definition of bird's-nest fern

: a large epiphytic spleenwort (Asplenium nidus) of tropical Asia and Polynesia that has large lance-shaped leaves and is often grown as a houseplant

First Known Use of bird's-nest fern

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Bird's-nest fern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bird%27s-nest%20fern. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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