sword fern

noun

Definition of sword fern

:any of several ferns with long narrow more or less sword-shaped fronds: such as
a :a tropical fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) from which the Boston fern has been developed
b :a fern (Polystichum munitum) of western North America with a large fleshy rhizome

First Known Use of sword fern

circa 1829


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sword fern? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a ram's-horn trumpet used in Judaism

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!