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[oz-muh nd, os-] /ˈɒz mənd, ˈɒs-/
any fern of the genus Osmunda, especially the royal fern.
Also, osmunda [oz-muhn-duh] /ɒzˈmʌn də/ (Show IPA).
Origin of osmund1
1325-75; Middle English osmunde < Anglo-French osmunde, Old French osmonde < ? Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Polypodium fibre may also be substituted for osmunda fibre, or a proportion of each may be used.

    Orchids James O'Brien
  • There is great diversity of opinion upon the derivation of the name osmunda.

    How to Know the Ferns S. Leonard Bastin
  • If the osmunda regalis is tried—the royal fern—it is necessary to get a good established turf of it; strong clumps cost about 1s.

    Small Gardens Violet Purton Biddle
  • The origin of the generic name osmunda seems somewhat obscure.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • The common male fern is of frequent occurrence, while the royal fern (osmunda regalis) is found in profusion.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • It was under a branch of this osmunda regalis that the Irish princess lay hidden, they say, till she had evaded her pursuers.

    Penelope's Irish Experiences Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Pot in two-thirds peat and one-third Sphagnum-moss or osmunda fibre.

    Orchids James O'Brien
  • We observed some springs, with but little water however, though densely surrounded with ferns (osmunda).

British Dictionary definitions for osmunda


any fern of the genus Osmunda, such as the royal fern, having large spreading fronds: family Osmundaceae
Word Origin
C13: from Old French osmonde, of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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