holly fern

noun

Definition of holly fern

: any of certain ferns having fronds of a texture and glossy surface suggesting holly: such as
a : an evergreen fern (Polystichum lonchitis) of the north temperate zone
b : a California fern (Polystichum aculeatum) that is often cultivated for ornament
c : a tropical Old World fern (Cyrtomium aculeatum)

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“Holly fern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holly%20fern. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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