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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.

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

  • noun large robust epiphytic ferns of tropical forest and scrub; Africa and Asia and Australia

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