[ fid-l-hed ]
/ ˈfɪd lˌhɛd /


Nautical. a billethead having a form similar to the volute carved at the upper end of a violin.
the young, coiled frond of various species of ferns, eaten as a vegetable.

Nearby words

  1. fiddle-de-dee,
  2. fiddle-faddle,
  3. fiddle-footed,
  4. fiddleback,
  5. fiddleback spider,
  6. fiddler,
  7. fiddler beetle,
  8. fiddler crab,
  9. fiddlerfish,
  10. fiddlestick

Origin of fiddlehead

First recorded in 1790–1800; fiddle + head Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fiddlehead



/ (ˈfɪdəlˌhɛd) /


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
US and Canadian the edible coiled tip of a young fern frond
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for fiddlehead



"one with a head as hollow as a fiddle," 1854 (fiddleheaded), from fiddle (n.) + head (n.). As a name for young fern fronds, from 1882, from resemblance to a violin's scroll.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper