hart's–tongue

noun
variants: or

hart's–tongue fern

Definition of hart's–tongue

plural

hart's–tongues

or

hart's–tongue ferns

  1. 1 :  a chiefly Eurasian fern (Phyllitis scolopendrium) with simple lanceolate fronds often auriculate at the base

  2. 2 :  a tropical American fern (Polybotria cervina) of the family Polypodiaceae

  3. 3 :  strap fern

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Origin and Etymology of hart's–tongue

hart's-tongue from Middle English hertestonge, from hertes (genitive of hert hart) + tonge tongue; hart's-tongue fern from hart's-tongue + fern; from the shape of the fronds


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