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royal fern

noun
1.
a coarse fern, Osmunda regalis, having tall, upright fronds.
Origin of royal fern
1770-1780
1770-80
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  • A frond is bipinnate (Latin, bis, twice) when the lobes of the pinnæ extend to the midvein as in the royal fern (Fig. 2).

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • The royal fern may be transplanted with success if given good soil, sufficient shade and plenty of water.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • To the royal fern the old herbalists attributed many valuable qualities.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • The royal fern may be cultivated easily in deep mounds of rich soil shielded somewhat from the sun.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • 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 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
  • Like its kinsmen, the royal fern appears in May in our wet woods and fields.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • In the garden the royal fern grows well, but it must not suffer from lack of water, or it will prove but a poor subject.

    How to Know the Ferns S. Leonard Bastin
  • The royal fern, smooth and delicate, is now flushing the wet meadows with its tender red.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
British Dictionary definitions for royal fern

royal fern

noun
1.
a fern, Osmunda regalis, of damp regions, having large fronds up to 2 metres (7 feet) in height, some of which are modified for bearing spores: family Osmundaceae
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