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hard fern

noun
1.
a common tufted erect fern of the polypody family, Blechnum spicant, having dark-green lanceolate leaves: it prefers acid soils, and in the US is sometimes grown as deer feed US name deer fern
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  • The texture of both the barren and the fertile fronds of the hard fern is very leathery.

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