maidenhair fern

noun

maid·​en·​hair fern ˈmā-dᵊn-ˌher- How to pronounce maidenhair fern (audio)
variants or less commonly maidenhair
plural maidenhair ferns also maidenhairs
: any of a genus (Adiantum) of ferns with delicate palmately branched fronds

Illustration of maidenhair fern

Illustration of maidenhair fern

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Jianbin Yan, a plant physiologist at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences’s Agricultural Genomics Institute, and colleagues found similar parallels in a maidenhair fern, Adiantum capillus-veneris. Byelizabeth Pennisi, science.org, 22 Sep. 2022 My Elhew pointer, Traveler, once pointed a December grouse that was feeding on delicate maidenhair ferns growing where a cluster of tiny springs kept the ground clear of snow. Tom Davis, Field & Stream, 4 Dec. 2019 This whimsical fairy castle rises from a bed of clovers, thyme, violets, and maidenhair ferns in the back garden, one of three small castles on the mountain. Zoe Greenberg, BostonGlobe.com, 10 July 2019 Hellebores, jasmine and maidenhair ferns all make beautiful potted gifts, too. Sarah Bray, House Beautiful, 4 Feb. 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of maidenhair fern was in 1833

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Cite this Entry

“Maidenhair fern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maidenhair%20fern. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

maidenhair fern

noun

maid·​en·​hair fern ˈmād-ᵊn-ˌha(ə)r- How to pronounce maidenhair fern (audio)
-ˌhe(ə)r-
: any of a genus of ferns with slender stems and delicate much-divided often feathery leaves

called also maidenhair

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