woodsia

woodsia

[wood-zee-uh]
noun
any of various small ferns of the genus Woodsia, of northern temperate, alpine, and arctic regions, having short, stout stalks, usually lance-shaped fronds, and often covered with fine hairs: common on mountains in rocky ledges and crevices.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1815), after Joseph Woods (1776–1864), English botanist; see -ia

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woodsia (ˈwʊdzɪə)
 
n
any small fern of the genus Woodsia, of temperate and cold regions, having tufted rhizomes and numerous wiry fronds: family Polypodiaceae

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