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woodsia

[woo d-zee-uh] /ˈwʊd zi ə/
noun
1.
any of various small ferns of the genus Woodsia, of northern temperate, alpine, and arctic regions, having short, stout stalks, usually lance-shaped fronds, and often covered with fine hairs: common on mountains in rocky ledges and crevices.
Origin of woodsia
< New Latin (1815), after Joseph Woods (1776-1864), English botanist; see -ia
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  • We discussed the woodsia Ilvensis and agreed that it was a mythical species.

  • In this first blind endeavor I got, of course, no clew to woodsia glabella.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • Mr. Frost, to whom they were first submitted, pronounced them woodsia glabella.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • Among the specimens of woodsia glabella brought away were a few which I judged to belong to a different species.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • The fescue (Festuca ovina), a little fern (woodsia), and a saussurea ascend very near the summit.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • Thought by some botanists to be a smooth form of woodsia ilvensis.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • Although the two common species of woodsia were near at hand, woodsia glabella was still eluding my search.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
British Dictionary definitions for woodsia

woodsia

/ˈwʊdzɪə/
noun
1.
any small fern of the genus Woodsia, of temperate and cold regions, having tufted rhizomes and numerous wiry fronds: family Polypodiaceae
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