sensitive-fern

sensitive fern

noun
a common, widely distributed fern, Onoclea sensibilis, having large, triangular leaves and beadlike spikes that contain the spores.

Origin:
1805–15, Americanism; so called from the sensitivity of its foliage to frost

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sensitive fern

noun
beautiful spreading fern of eastern North America and eastern Asia naturalized in western Europe; pinnately divided fronds show a slight tendency to fold when touched; pinnules enclose groups of sori in beadlike lobes 
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