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Christmas fern

noun
1.
an evergreen fern, Polystichum acrostichoides, having dense clusters of stiff fronds growing from a central rootstock.
Also called dagger fern.
Origin of Christmas fern
1875-1880
1875-80
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  • The Christmas fern, bright and glossy, reminds one that the holiday season is not distant.

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  • Wrapped in a garment of brown scales, the young fronds of the Christmas fern are sent into the world early in the spring.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons

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