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ostrich fern

noun
1.
a tall North American fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris, with large mature leaves that resemble ostrich plumes, a popular landscaping plant whose curled new leaves, called fiddleheads, are eaten as a vegetable.
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  • The ostrich fern does so well under cultivation that there is danger lest it crowd out its less aggressive neighbors.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • Along with the ostrich fern it makes a most excellent combination in a fern border.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • This plant ranks with the Osmundas and with the ostrich fern in size and vigorous beauty.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • The ostrich fern is fairly common in alluvial soil over the United States and Canada.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • It is a question whether the sensitive and ostrich fern should be included in the same genus.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • Magnificent vase-like clusters of the ostrich fern spread above our heads in the thicket along the river-shore.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • I was fairly startled by the unexpected beauty and regal bearing of the ostrich fern.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons

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