male fern

noun

Definition of male fern

: a fern (Dryopteris filix-mas) producing an oleoresin used in expelling tapeworms

First Known Use of male fern

1562, in the meaning defined above

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“Male fern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/male%20fern. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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male fern

noun

Medical Definition of male fern

: a fern (Dryopteris filix-mas) of Europe and North America producing an oleoresin that is used in expelling tapeworms — see aspidium

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