[ fur-nuh-ree ]

noun,plural fern·er·ies.
  1. a collection of ferns in a garden or a potted display.

  2. a place or a glass case in which ferns are grown for ornament.

Origin of fernery

First recorded in 1830–40; fern + -ery

Words Nearby fernery

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How to use fernery in a sentence

  • Had a careless servant broken the glass of her fernery again?

    Queen Hildegarde | Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • In the center goes a silver or plated fernery, filled with ferns and asparagus vines, on a mirror tray, or an épergne with fruit.

    The Complete Bachelor | Walter Germain
  • So we took our beer out in the fernery and got a cool place at a little table in a quiet corner amongst the fern boxes.

    Children of the Bush | Henry Lawson
  • The rarely visited fernery at the end of this garden well deserves more frequent visits.

    Intimate China | Mrs. Archibald Little
  • A case of stuffed birds, a few large pots of tropical plants, and a fernery are in keeping with the dining-room appointments.

British Dictionary definitions for fernery


/ (ˈfɜːnərɪ) /

nounplural -eries
  1. a place where ferns are grown

  2. a collection of ferns grown in such a place

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