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maidenhair fern

maidenhair

/ (ˈmeɪdənˌhɛə) /
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noun
any fern of the cosmopolitan genus Adiantum, esp A. capillis-veneris, having delicate fan-shaped fronds with small pale-green leaflets: family Adiantaceae
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Word Origin for maidenhair fern

C15: so called from the hairlike appearance of its fine fronds
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