a coarse fern, Osmunda regalis, having tall, upright fronds.
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Origin of royal fern
First recorded in 1770–80
Words nearby royal fern
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British Dictionary definitions for royal fern
a fern, Osmunda regalis, of damp regions, having large fronds up to 2 metres (7 feet) in height, some of which are modified for bearing spores: family Osmundaceae
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