fern

noun \ ˈfərn \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of fern

: any of a division (Filicophyta) or class (Filicopsida) of flowerless spore-producing vascular plants having alternating sporophyte and gametophyte generations; especially : any of an order (Filicales) of homosporous plants possessing roots, stems, and leaflike fronds — compare seed fern

fernlike

play \ˈfərn-ˌlīk\ adjective

ferny

play \ˈfər-nē\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of fern

Middle English, from Old English fearn; akin to Old High German farn fern, Sanskrit parṇa wing, leaf


FERN Defined for English Language Learners

fern

noun

Definition of fern for English Language Learners

  • : a type of plant that has large, delicate leaves and no flowers


FERN Defined for Kids

fern

noun \ ˈfərn \

Definition of fern for Students

: a plant that produces spores instead of seeds and no flowers and whose leaves are usually divided into many parts

fernlike

\-ˌlīk\ adjective

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