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sweet fern

a North American shrub, Comptonia (or Myrica) asplenifolia, having scented fernlike leaves and heads of brownish flowers: family Myricaceae
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  • sweet fern has learned to read and write, and has put on a jacket and pair of pantaloons—all of which improvements I am sorry for.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • With a flying leap, he struck the middle of the bank, and with another bound was safe in the depths of the sweet fern.

    Wild Folk

    Samuel Scoville
  • How the wandering lights came dancing from all sides, and gathered round the little group among the sweet fern bushes!

    Little Men Louisa May Alcott
  • From the tangle of roses, sweet fern and bayberry that overgrew the fields the note of a thrush rose clear on the quiet air.

    Flood Tide

    Sara Ware Bassett
  • The shrubs and plants are young bush poplars, whortleberries, shad-bush, brake and sweet fern.

  • Boxberry, fever-bush, sweet fern, and horseradish make a good and healthy diet-drink.

  • Faint spicy odors of sweet fern and illusive witch hazel rise on the misty air.

  • On past cool deeps of poplar, where the mandrake grew, and the sweet fern spread its magnificent leaves.

    Rose of Dutcher's Coolly

    Hamlin Garland
  • On the other side of the fence the snow had drifted over a patch of sweet fern by the edge of the wood-road in a low hummock.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • It was a perfect acre of turf, only here and there I could already see a cushion of juniper, or a tuft of sweet fern or bayberry.

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