nephrolepis

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nephrolepis (ˌnɛfrəˈliːpɪs)
 
n
ladder fern, Also called: Boston fern any fern of the tropical genus Nephrolepis, some species of which are grown as ornamental greenhouse or house plants for their handsome deeply-cut drooping fronds: family Polypodiaceae
 
[New Latin, from Greek nephros kidney + lepis scale (from the shape of the indusium)]

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nephrolepis

noun
small genus of tropical ferns; sometimes placed in Polypodiaceae 
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