spleenwort

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

Origin of spleenwort

First recorded in 1570–80; spleen + wort2
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spleenwort

noun
  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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