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sweet fern

noun
  1. a North American shrub, Comptonia (or Myrica) asplenifolia, having scented fernlike leaves and heads of brownish flowers: family Myricaceae
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Historical Examples

  • Looking at those deep tides of sweet-fern, I had an inspiration.

    The Tent Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine

  • Dew on the sweet-fern exhaling, dew on the ghost-flower, dew on the scented brake!

    Cardigan

    Robert W. Chambers

  • The sweet-fern and indigo in overgrown wood-paths wet you with dew up to your middle.

    Excursions and Poems

    Henry David Thoreau

  • When the snowstorm began, he had selected a cozy spot in the lee of the sweet-fern patch, and had let himself be snowed over.

    Everyday Adventures

    Samuel Scoville

  • At last I would reach a barway sunken in masses of sweet-fern and shaded by thickets of alder and witch-hazel.

    Everyday Adventures

    Samuel Scoville