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noun

any fern of the genus Nephrolepis, especially N. exaltata, characterized by sword-shaped, pinnate fronds, a common houseplant.

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Origin of sword fern

First recorded in 1820–30
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British Dictionary definitions for sword fern

sword fern

noun

any of numerous ferns having sword-shaped fronds
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