American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various tropical treelike ferns having a woody trunklike stem and a terminal crown of large, pinnately divided fronds.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of several species of ferns that attain to the size of trees. They belong mostly to the tribe Cyatheæ, and are confined to the tropics, where they form a striking feature of the landscape, sending up a straight trunk to a height of 25 feet or more, crowned at the summit with a cluster of large drooping fronds. Several species are successfully cultivated in greenhouses. See
- n. Any of many tropical plants, of the families Cyatheaceae and Dicksoniaceae, that have tall trunks topped with fronds.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) an arborescent fern having a straight trunk, sometimes twenty or twenty-five feet high, or even higher, and bearing a cluster of fronds at the top. Most of the existing species are tropical.
- n. any of numerous usually tropical ferns having a thick woody stem or caudex and a crown of large fronds; found especially in Australia and New Zealand; chiefly of the families Cyatheaceae and Marattiaceae but some from Polypodiaceae
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