fiddlehead

noun fid·dle·head \ ˈfi-dᵊl-ˌhed \
|Updated on: 24 Jun 2018

Definition of fiddlehead

: one of the young coiled fronds of some ferns (such as the ostrich fern) that are often cooked and eaten as a vegetable
  • Before the tightly coiled frond of the young fern uncurls, it is called a fiddlehead because of its resemblance to the scrolled head of a violin.
  • —Maria Kourebanas
called also fiddlehead fern

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1882

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