chain fern

  1. any of several ferns of the genus Woodwardia, having a chainlike row of sori on either side of the midrib of each fertile leaflet.

Origin of chain fern

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70

Words Nearby chain fern Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use chain fern in a sentence

  • In wet woods, usually near the coast, the Net-veined chain fern is occasionally conspicuous.

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