lady fern

noun

Definition of lady fern

: a widely distributed fern (Athyrium filix-femina) with slender bipinnate fronds showing considerable variation in form broadly : any fern of the genus Athyrium usually used with a qualifying term

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First Known Use of lady fern

1783, in the meaning defined above

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“Lady fern.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lady%20fern. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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