ostrich fern

noun

: any of a genus (Matteuccia) of temperate-zone ferns
especially : a tall fern (M. struthiopteris) with graceful arched fronds which are the source of edible fiddleheads

Examples of ostrich fern in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here in the United Kingdom, some of the ferns suited to a very damp and boggy location include royal ferns, ostrich ferns, lady ferns, and sensitive ferns, to give a few examples. Elizabeth Waddington, Treehugger, 17 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ostrich fern was in 1833

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“Ostrich fern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ostrich%20fern. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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