from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A peculiar genus of mainly epiphytic polypodiaceous ferns mostly with fronds of two sorts, the sterile ones sessile, concave, cordate-oblong and sinuate or laciniate, having little chlorophyl and conspicuous, raised venation; the fertile ones larger, pinnatifid or pinnate, the sori roundish, naked, sometimes confluent, borne at the junction of the compoundly anastomosing veinlets. There are about a dozen species, widely distributed in the eastern hemisphere, of which D. quercifolia is the best known.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun a genus of large robust epiphytic ferns of tropical forest and scrub; Africa and Asia and Australia.
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- noun large robust epiphytic ferns of tropical forest and scrub; Africa and Asia and Australia
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