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sword fern

any fern of the genus Nephrolepis, especially N. exaltata, characterized by sword-shaped, pinnate fronds, a common houseplant.
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1820-30 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sword fern
  • The understory includes evergreen salal and western sword fern.
  • Trailside shoulders have been replanted with native plants such as salal, sword fern, and vine maple.
  • sword fern and salal may still be available, depending on site preparation.
  • sword fern, snowberry, and other small shrubs are also present.
  • The understory consists primarily of dense sword fern with occasional vine maple, huckleberry, and salmonberry.
  • sword fern and licorice fern are beautiful and dependable for shady spots.
  • The brush component in all the sale areas is comprised primarily of vine maple, sword fern or salmonberry.
British Dictionary definitions for sword fern

sword fern

any of numerous ferns having sword-shaped fronds
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