[ fid-l-hed ]

  1. Nautical. a billethead having a form similar to the volute carved at the upper end of a violin.

  2. the young, coiled frond of various species of ferns, eaten as a vegetable.

Origin of fiddlehead

First recorded in 1790–1800; fiddle + head

Words Nearby fiddlehead Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fiddlehead in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fiddlehead



/ (ˈfɪdəlˌhɛd) /

  1. nautical an ornamental carving, in the shape of the scroll at the head end of a fiddle, fitted to the top of the stem or cutwater

  2. US and Canadian the edible coiled tip of a young fern frond

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