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nephrolepis

noun
  1. any fern of the tropical genus Nephrolepis, some species of which are grown as ornamental greenhouse or house plants for their handsome deeply-cut drooping fronds: family PolypodiaceaeAlso called: ladder fern, Boston fern
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Word Origin

New Latin, from Greek nephros kidney + lepis scale (from the shape of the indusium)
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