os·​mun·​da äz-ˈmən-də How to pronounce osmunda (audio)
: any of a genus (Osmunda) of rather large ferns (such as the cinnamon fern) with pinnate or bipinnate fronds and fibrous creeping rhizomes

Examples of osmunda in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Peat moss or one of the coarse fibers, such as osmunda or coir used for epiphytic orchids, are good choices of organic materials that aerate a potting mixture while at the same time retaining water. Boston.com Real Estate, 25 Dec. 2019

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Word History


New Latin, from Medieval Latin, from Old French osmonde

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of osmunda was in 1789

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“Osmunda.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osmunda. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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