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sword fern

any fern of the genus Nephrolepis, especially N. exaltata, characterized by sword-shaped, pinnate fronds, a common houseplant.
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First recorded in 1820-30 Unabridged
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  • Frances was washing the sword fern while she recited her history lesson to her mother, who was sewing.

    The Spectacle Man Mary F. Leonard
  • The sword fern grows in dense, radiate clusters, all through the mossy woods.

    The Mountain that was 'God' John H. Williams
British Dictionary definitions for sword fern

sword fern

any of numerous ferns having sword-shaped fronds
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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