tree fern

noun
|Updated on: 27 May 2018

Definition of tree fern

: any of various ferns (especially families Cyatheaceae and Dicksoniaceae) of arborescent habit with a woody stem

Recent Examples of tree fern from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tree fern.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of tree fern

1830

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

TREE FERN Defined for Kids

tree fern

noun

Definition of tree fern for Students

: a tropical fern with a tall woody stalk and a crown of often feathery leaves

Learn More about tree fern


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up tree 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

to emit the high shrill tone of bagpipes

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a-closeup-of-a-sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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