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fern seed

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  1. the spores of ferns, formerly supposed to have the power to make persons invisible.

Origin of fern seed

First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for fern seed

Historical Examples

  • Like other magical plants, mistletoe is gathered at the solstices, when fern-seed is fabled to flame.

    Magic and Religion

    Andrew Lang

  • Those who eat of this fern-seed, she remembered as she sank into sleep that night, shall see the fairies!

    The Wolves of God

    Algernon Blackwood

  • It is never known to fail, is made from a fern-seed that I alone can pluck, and is not for sale at any druggist's!

    The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book

    Constance Cary Harrison

  • As for Eglantine and King Charming, they never again found use for the fern-seed powder.

    The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book

    Constance Cary Harrison

  • A belief in the mystic power of Fern-seed to make the gatherer walk invisible is still extant.

British Dictionary definitions for fern seed

fern seed

  1. the minute particles by which ferns reproduce themselves, formerly thought to be invisible. Possession of them was thought to make a person invisible
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