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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A large genus of ferns, widely distributed, and great favorites in hothouses on account of their beautiful forms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of ferns, the leaves of which shed water; maidenhair. Also, the black maidenhair, a species of spleenwort.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Adiantoideae — the maidenhair ferns.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun cosmopolitan genus of ferns: maidenhair ferns; in some classification systems placed in family Polypodiaceae or Adiantaceae

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