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[oz-muh nd, os-] /ˈɒz mənd, ˈɒs-/
any fern of the genus Osmunda, especially the royal fern.
Also, osmunda [oz-muhn-duh] /ɒzˈmʌn də/ (Show IPA).
Origin of osmund1
1325-75; Middle English osmunde < Anglo-French osmunde, Old French osmonde < ? Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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.

    Orchids James O'Brien
  • 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.

    Orchids James O'Brien
  • It was under a branch of this osmunda regalis that the Irish princess lay hidden, they say, till she had evaded her pursuers.

    Penelope's Irish Experiences Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • We observed some springs, with but little water however, though densely surrounded with ferns (osmunda).

  • If the osmunda regalis is tried—the royal fern—it is necessary to get a good established turf of it; strong clumps cost about 1s.

    Small Gardens Violet Purton Biddle
British Dictionary definitions for osmunda


any fern of the genus Osmunda, such as the royal fern, having large spreading fronds: family Osmundaceae
Word Origin
C13: from Old French osmonde, of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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