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fern seed

the spores of ferns, formerly supposed to have the power to make persons invisible.
Origin of fern seed
First recorded in 1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She sat rocking herself to and fro in her sorrow, while the old woman threw the fern seed, picked, alas!

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British Dictionary definitions for fern seed

fern seed

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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