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adjective, fern·i·er, fern·i·est.
  1. pertaining to, consisting of, or like ferns: ferny leaves.
  2. abounding in or overgrown with ferns: ferny undergrowth.
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Origin of ferny

First recorded in 1515–25; fern + -y1
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Examples from the Web for ferny

Historical Examples

  • And we were cool in our ferny bower, out of the strong hot sunshine.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)

    William Delisle Hay

  • This side was pretty, too, though there were no rocks nor ferny coves.

    Hildegarde's Holiday

    Laura E. Richards

  • I was the first to reach it, which I did by scrambling down the ferny bank.

    A Tale of Three Lions

    H. Rider Haggard

  • "You know Ferny Woods are much as a mile this side of the Moodys'," she was saying.

  • We all sat down on the ferny slopes and p. 169waited and listened.