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ostrich fern

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noun
a tall North American fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris, with large mature leaves that resemble ostrich plumes, a popular landscaping plant whose curled new leaves, called fiddleheads, are eaten as a vegetable.
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Origin of ostrich fern

First recorded in 1820–25
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