fiddlehead

[fid-l-hed]
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; fiddle + head

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fiddlehead or fiddleneck (ˈfɪdəlˌhɛd)
 
n
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
 
fiddleneck or fiddleneck
 
n

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fiddlehead
"one with a head as hollow as a fiddle," 1887, from fiddle + head. As a name for young fern fronds, from 1882, from resemblance to a violins scroll.
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The nutrient composition of fresh fiddlehead greens.
Effect of processing method and storage time on the nutrient composition of fiddlehead greens.
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