- a bright-green fern, Dryopteris filix-mas, of Europe and northeastern North America.
Origin of male fern
First recorded in 1555–65
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After male-fern capsules it is quite unnecessary to give any aperient.
After that age it is safe to give very small doses of oil of male-fern and absolutely minute ones of santonine.
Two hours after breakfast next morning give one-half dram of the oleoresin of male-fern in emulsion or capsule.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)
On the following day, some tapeworm proglottides having been evacuated, both salts and male-fern extract were administered.Parasites
T. Spencer Cobbold
Male-fern, official in the United States Pharmacopoeia, has been used since the remotest times as a remedy for worms.Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants
A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
- a fern, Dryopteris filix-mas, having scaly stalks and pinnate fronds with kidney-shaped spore-producing bodies on the underside: family Polypodiaceae
C16: so called because it was formerly believed to be the male of the lady fern
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