- any fern of the cosmopolitan genus Adiantum, esp A. capillis-veneris, having delicate fan-shaped fronds with small pale-green leaflets: family Adiantaceae
C15: so called from the hairlike appearance of its fine fronds
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Examples from the Web for maidenhair fern
She appreciated the delicacy of the centre-piece of maidenhair-fern, veiling with its cloud of green a few flame-like jonquils.
Maidenhair-fern kept in this way makes a delicate and beautiful centrepiece for the table.