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lady fern

noun
1.
a fern, Athyrium filix-femina, having delicate, feathery fronds.
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  • Another species (P. alpestre) very like the lady fern grows plentifully in many places.

    The Story of the Hills H. N. Hutchinson
  • The fronds of the lady fern develop in the spring of the year.

    How to Know the Ferns S. Leonard Bastin
  • Many botanists include the lady fern (Athyrium filix-fæmina) in this section.

    How to Know the Ferns S. Leonard Bastin
  • The newer nomenclature separates the lady fern of our section into two distinct species, which should be carefully studied.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • But in later summer, judging by my own experience, the lady fern loses much of its delicacy.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • The lady fern has inspired several poems, which have been quoted more or less fully in the fern books.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • The lady fern is very easy to cultivate and when once established is apt to crowd aside its neighbors.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • For grace and dignity it is unrivaled, and for aggressiveness it is, perhaps, equaled only by the lady fern.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • Another common and readily grown species is the lady fern (Asplenium filixfœmina) (Fig. 70, H).

  • Nightshade flourished on the threshold, death lilies by the hearth, dianthus and lady fern.

    Japanese Fairy Tales Grace James
British Dictionary definitions for lady fern

lady fern

noun
1.
a large, graceful, but variable fern, Athyrium filix-femina, with bipinnate fronds, commonly found on damp acid soils in woods and on hillsides
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