- Nautical. a billethead having a form similar to the volute carved at the upper end of a violin.
- the young, coiled frond of various species of ferns, eaten as a vegetable.
Origin of fiddlehead
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Those sleds are made of a single plank turned up at one end like a fiddlehead, and the baggage is lashed on in bags and sacks.
- nautical an ornamental carving, in the shape of the scroll at the head end of a fiddle, fitted to the top of the stem or cutwater
- US and Canadian the edible coiled tip of a young fern frond
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Word Origin and History for fiddlehead
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