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royal fern

noun
1.
a coarse fern, Osmunda regalis, having tall, upright fronds.
Origin of royal fern
1770-1780
First recorded in 1770-80
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  • Like its kinsmen, the royal fern appears in May in our wet woods and fields.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • A frond is bipinnate (Latin, bis, twice) when the lobes of the pinnæ extend to the midvein as in the royal fern (Fig. 2).

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • The royal fern may be transplanted with success if given good soil, sufficient shade and plenty of water.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • 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 royal fern, smooth and delicate, is now flushing the wet meadows with its tender red.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • To the royal fern the old herbalists attributed many valuable qualities.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • The royal fern may be cultivated easily in deep mounds of rich soil shielded somewhat from the sun.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • In the garden the royal fern grows well, but it must not suffer from lack of water, or it will prove but a poor subject.

    How to Know the Ferns S. Leonard Bastin
  • 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 royal fern

royal fern

noun
1.
a fern, Osmunda regalis, of damp regions, having large fronds up to 2 metres (7 feet) in height, some of which are modified for bearing spores: family Osmundaceae
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