chain fern


noun

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

Nearby words

  1. chaikovski,
  2. chaillu, paul belloni du,
  3. chain,
  4. chain coral,
  5. chain drive,
  6. chain gang,
  7. chain gear,
  8. chain grate,
  9. chain letter,
  10. chain lightning

Origin of chain fern

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70

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