spleen wort

spleenwort

[spleen-wurt, -wawrt]
noun
any of various temperate and tropical ferns of the genera Asplenium and Diplazium, certain species of which are grown as ornamentals.

Origin:
1570–80; spleen + wort2

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spleenwort (ˈspliːnˌwɜːt)
 
n
See also asplenium any of various ferns of the genus Asplenium, esp A. trichomanes, that often grows on walls, having linear or oblong sori on the undersurface of the fronds

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