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fiddlehead

[fid-l-hed] /ˈfɪd lˌhɛd/
noun
1.
Nautical. a billethead having a form similar to the volute carved at the upper end of a violin.
2.
the young, coiled frond of various species of ferns, eaten as a vegetable.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; fiddle + head
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Examples for fiddlehead
  • The nutrient composition of fresh fiddlehead greens.
  • Effect of processing method and storage time on the nutrient composition of fiddlehead greens.
British Dictionary definitions for fiddlehead

fiddlehead

/ˈfɪdəlˌhɛd/
noun
1.
(nautical) an ornamental carving, in the shape of the scroll at the head end of a fiddle, fitted to the top of the stem or cutwater
2.
(US & Canadian) the edible coiled tip of a young fern frond
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Word Origin and History for fiddlehead
n.

"one with a head as hollow as a fiddle," 1854 (fiddleheaded), from fiddle (n.) + head (n.). As a name for young fern fronds, from 1882, from resemblance to a violin's scroll.

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