[oz-muh nd, os-]
- any fern of the genus Osmunda, especially the royal fern.
Also os·mun·da [oz-muhn-duh] /ɒzˈmʌn də/.
Origin of osmund1
1325–75; Middle English osmunde < Anglo-French osmunde, Old French osmonde < ?
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There is great diversity of opinion upon the derivation of the name Osmunda.How to Know the Ferns
S. Leonard Bastin
Pot in two-thirds peat and one-third Sphagnum-moss or Osmunda fibre.
The common male fern is of frequent occurrence, while the royal fern (Osmunda regalis) is found in profusion.Men of the Old Stone Age
Henry Fairfield Osborn
The origin of the generic name Osmunda seems somewhat obscure.How to Know the Ferns
Frances Theodora Parsons
Polypodium fibre may also be substituted for Osmunda fibre, or a proportion of each may be used.
- any fern of the genus Osmunda, such as the royal fern, having large spreading fronds: family Osmundaceae
C13: from Old French osmonde, of unknown origin
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