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oak fern

noun
1.
a small woodland fern, Gymnocarpium dryopteris, of northern regions, having triangular, pinnate fronds that slant horizontally.
Origin of oak fern
1540-1550
1540-50; translation of Latin dryopteris < Greek dryopterís, equivalent to dryo- (combining form of drŷs oak) + ptéris fern
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  • So far as I remember, my first encounter with the oak fern was in a cedar swamp, famous for its growth of showy lady's-slippers.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • The most attractive member of the group to my mind is the oak fern.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • Royal, male, and lady ferns were shrivelled up to a greater or less degree, but parsley and oak fern were unharmed.

    In a Cheshire Garden Geoffrey Egerton-Warburton
  • As is often the case, having once discovered the haunt of the oak fern, it ceased to be a rarity.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • The oak fern is common in many parts of Scotland, and is to be seen carpeting the ground of many a moist wood.

    How to Know the Ferns S. Leonard Bastin
  • Also the pinnæ are not arranged so definitely in the form of three branches, as is to be observed in the case of the oak fern.

    How to Know the Ferns S. Leonard Bastin
  • The oak fern grows in a damp and shady spot in the garden, though it is often more happy in a pot.

    How to Know the Ferns S. Leonard Bastin
British Dictionary definitions for oak fern

oak fern

noun
1.
a graceful light green polypody fern, Thelypteris dryopteris, having a creeping rhizome, found in acid woodlands and on rocks in the northern hemisphere
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