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[spleen-wurt, -wawrt]
  1. any of various temperate and tropical ferns of the genera Asplenium and Diplazium, certain species of which are grown as ornamentals.
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Origin of spleenwort

First recorded in 1570–80; spleen + wort2
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Examples from the Web for spleenwort

Historical Examples

  • Still other species of ferns are known to hybridize more or less, as we saw in the case of Scott's spleenwort.

    The Fern Lover's Companion

    George Henry Tilton

  • Black and white maidenhair, spleenwort, hartstongue, and golden maidenhair.

  • Spleenwort is excellent good for melancholy people, helps the stranguary and breaks the Stone in the bladder.

British Dictionary definitions for spleenwort


  1. any of various ferns of the genus Asplenium, esp A. trichomanes, that often grows on walls, having linear or oblong sori on the undersurface of the frondsSee also asplenium
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