sword fern


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The many species of this sword fern turn brown in frost, but they can be clipped off easily. oregonlive, 26 Feb. 2023 Western sword fern is one option on the shady side of your area. oregonlive, 15 Aug. 2021 White flies have infested my garden especially in hellebore and western sword fern beds. oregonlive, 26 Dec. 2020 Ancient old-growth trees sometimes towering 250 feet over your head, Western sword fern the size of a six-year old. Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2020 The scents of wild mushrooms, red huckleberry, calypso orchids, and sword ferns always evoke an Endor vibe. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 17 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sword fern was circa 1829

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Cite this Entry

“Sword fern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sword%20fern. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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