fid·​dle·​head | \ ˈfi-dᵊl-ˌhed How to pronounce fiddlehead (audio) \

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

Examples of fiddlehead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Watch and listen for wildlife as the garden’s weeping Higan cherry trees sway in the wind along the pond, and follow the path of camellias, artfully pruned pine trees and fiddlehead ferns. Maya Salam, New York Times, "Today’s Live-Streaming Events: ‘Fleabag’ Onstage and a Virtual Nature Walk," 13 Apr. 2020 Black / Brown Chocolate cosmos, pincushion plant, amaranth, fiddleheads, and agonis are all incredible together—a bit moody, yes, but not too somber. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too: Here’s a Better Way to Bouquet," 12 Feb. 2020 Its chef, Shiruhisa-san, is known for his ornate kushikatsu twists, like prawns twined around fiddleheads, butterbur wrapped delicately in tofu, and shiso leaves with flaky whitefish. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Osaka Is a Food-Obsessed City Unlike Anywhere Else in Japan," 16 Nov. 2019 Wild greens such as fiddlehead, fireweed, nettle, seaweed and sourdock are also high in fiber. Anchorage Daily News, "Colon cancer in Alaska: Common and completely preventable," 3 Sep. 2019 At the Scouts’ New England Base Camp this summer, kids are learning how to forage for food, including blueberries to bake in pies, fiddleheads, and acorns. Globe Staff,, "What’s cooking at summer camp? A new generation of foodies," 13 Aug. 2019 Think garlic-scape soup, jack fruit tacos with nettle kimchi, pickled fiddleheads and rose-hip jelly. Anchorage Daily News, "Add these new(ish) Anchorage food trucks to your rotation this summer," 6 June 2019 The dilled gnocchi with fiddleheads, ramps, and Westphalian ham in leek cream was a beautifully rich ode to spring. Craig Laban,, "Craig LaBan's first bite of the Delaware beaches | A dining guide," 15 June 2018 When cooked properly, young bracken fronds, called fiddleheads, are a delicacy in many countries. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ötzi the Iceman’s last meal shows how Copper Age people ate on the run," 13 July 2018

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1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Fiddlehead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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