fern seed

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noun

the spores of ferns, formerly supposed to have the power to make persons invisible.

Nearby words

  1. fermium,
  2. fermor,
  3. fern,
  4. fern bar,
  5. fern root,
  6. fern test,
  7. fernandel,
  8. fernandez,
  9. fernando de noronha,
  10. fernando i

Origin of fern seed

First recorded in 1590–1600

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British Dictionary definitions for fern seed

fern seed

noun

the minute particles by which ferns reproduce themselves, formerly thought to be invisible. Possession of them was thought to make a person invisible
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