tree fern


Definition of tree fern

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

Examples of tree fern in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Gilboa, forests had once grown thick with Eospermatopteris, a genus of plants resembling modern tree ferns with fronds in place of leaves and hollow, spongy trunks. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The World’s Oldest Forest Has 385-Million-Year-Old Tree Roots," 20 Dec. 2019 If the bark, tree fern or other material is turning to mush the plants need to be replanted. Tom Maccubbin,, "Summer is a great time for orchids," 18 June 2018 Yankee Hall, his stately country home in Furnas Valley, sits on a 30-acre plot that is now a public botanical garden thick with tree ferns, bamboo and several hundred varieties of camellias. Gisela Williams, New York Times, "Where to Shop (and Eat) in São Miguel, Portugal," 9 May 2018 Not One, But Two Forests Apparently one was no fun for Hugh Hefner, who maintained both a redwood forest and a tree fern forest on the Playboy Mansion’s grounds. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Albino Peacocks, Pac-Man, and Year-Round Fireworks: 6 Things You Might Not Know About the Playboy Mansion," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of tree fern

1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Tree fern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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Kids Definition of tree fern

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

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