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Meaning of FERN

Pronunciation:  furn

WordNet Dictionary

FERN is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 See Also: adder's tongue, adder's tongue fern, Aglaomorpha meyeniana, Anemia adiantifolia, aquatic fern, Asplenium ceterach, Asplenium nidus, Asplenium nigripes, Asplenium scolopendrium, Athyrium filix-femina, Athyrium pycnocarpon, Athyrium thelypteroides, basket fern, bear's-paw fern, bird's nest fern, bladder fern, boulder fern, bracken, brake, bristle fern, buckler fern, Ceterach officinarum, chain fern, class Filicinae, class Filicopsida, climbing bird's nest fern, climbing fern, crape fern, crepe fern, Culcita dubia, curly grass, curly grass fern, Cyclophorus lingua, Cyrtomium aculeatum, davallia, Dennstaedtia punctilobula, Deparia acrostichoides, Diplazium pycnocarpon, Diplopterygium longissimum, doodia, Drynaria rigidula, false bracken, fan fern, felt fern, fern seed, Filicinae, Filicopsida, film fern, filmy fern, flowering fern, giant scrambling fern, glade fern, Gleichenia flabellata, golden polypody, grape fern, grass fern, Gymnocarpium dryopteris, Gymnocarpium robertianum, hard fern, hart's-tongue, hart's-tongue fern, hay-scented, hay-scented fern, Helminthostachys zeylanica, holly fern, king fern, lady fern, lecanopteris, Leptopteris superba, limestone fern, Microgramma-piloselloides, Microsorium punctatum, Mohria caffrorum, narrow-leaved spleenwort, nonflowering plant, northern oak fern, oak fern, osmund, pasture brake, pecopteris, Phlebodium aureum, Phyllitis scolopendrium, pine fern, Polypodium aureum, polypody, Polystichum aculeatum, potato fern, Prince-of-Wales feather, Prince-of-Wales fern, Prince-of-Wales plume, Pteridium aquilinum, Pteridium esculentum, pteridophyte, Pyrrosia lingua, rabbit's-foot fern, rasp fern, ribbon fern, scale fern, scaly fern, scented fern, Schaffneria nigripes, Schizaea pusilla, scolopendrium, Scolopendrium nigripes, serpent fern, shield fern, silvery spleenwort, snake polypody, Solanopteris bifrons, spleenwort, staghorn fern, Sticherus flabellatus, strap fern, Thelypteris dryopteris, Todea barbara, Todea superba, tongue fern, tree fern, umbrella fern, Vittaria lineata, water fern, wood fern, woodfern, wood-fern



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fern\, adv.
    Long ago. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  2. \Fern\, a. [AS. fyrn.]
    Ancient; old. [Obs.] ``Pilgrimages to . . . ferne halwes.''
    [saints]. --Chaucer.
  3. \Fern\, n. [AS. fearn; akin to D. varen, G. farn,
    farnkraut; cf. Skr. par[.n]a wing, feather, leaf, sort of
    plant, or Lith. papartis fern.] (Bot.)
    An order of cryptogamous plants, the {Filices}, which have
    their fructification on the back of the fronds or leaves.
    They are usually found in humid soil, sometimes grow
    epiphytically on trees, and in tropical climates often attain
    a gigantic size.
    Note: The plants are asexual, and bear clustered sporangia,
          containing minute spores, which germinate and form
          prothalli, on which are borne the true organs of
          reproduction. The brake or bracken, the maidenhair, and
          the polypody are all well known ferns.
    {Christmas fern}. See under {Christmas}.
    {Climbing fern} (Bot.), a delicate North American fern
       ({Lygodium palmatum}), which climbs several feet high over
       bushes, etc., and is much sought for purposes of
    {Fern owl}. (Zo["o]l.)
    (a) The European goatsucker.
    (b) The short-eared owl. [Prov. Eng.] -- {Fern shaw}, a fern
       thicket. [Eng.] --R. Browning.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing ferns in your dream, foretells of pleasant times will overshadow any gloominess. Seeing withered ferns means of various illness in your family connections which will lead to grave unrest.
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