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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A cultivar of the sword fern Nephrolepis exaltata, having arching or drooping pinnate fronds and popular as a houseplant.

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  • noun a sword fern with arching or drooping pinnate fronds; a popular houseplant

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[So called because the cultivar was first discovered in a lot of fern plants shipped to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and subsequently propagated by a local distributor.]

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