- 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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Examples from the Web for woodsia
In this first blind endeavor I got, of course, no clew to Woodsia glabella.
We discussed the Woodsia Ilvensis and agreed that it was a mythical species.The Note-Books of Samuel Butler
Thought by some botanists to be a smooth form of Woodsia ilvensis.The Fern Lover's Companion
George Henry Tilton
Mr. Frost, to whom they were first submitted, pronounced them Woodsia glabella.
The fescue (Festuca ovina), a little fern (Woodsia), and a saussurea ascend very near the summit.The Heart of Nature
- 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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