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  • n. The leaf of a fern; used attributively in various terms (see Derived terms below).


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  • Kellen came back with the fern-leaf and, jaw set, knelt beside the pool.

    The Outstretched Shadow

  • From the cliff he looked down at the long bunk-house, saw the blue smoke rising straight, curled at the top like the uncoiling frond of a new fern-leaf.

    O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921

  • But a fern-leaf cannot grow into a mighty hemlock-tree.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 34, August, 1860

  • Almost equally striking is the improvement in the foliage, especially the introduction of the fern-leaf, with its diverse shades of green and richly toned under-surface.

    The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots 16th Edition

  • He was grave, like nodding fern-leaf, gently by the breezes fanned,

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 25, April, 1873

  • He did not at that time see that mediaevalism was as dead as a fern-leaf in a lump of coal; that other developments were shaping in the world around him, in which Gothic architecture and its associations had no place.

    Jude the Obscure

  • Because the fern-leaf is the symbol of the hope of exuberant posterity: even as it branches and branches so may the happy family increase and multiply through the generations.

    Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan Second Series

  • Each day she had some new thing in her hair, – now a feathery fern-leaf, and anon some wild red berry, whose presence just where she placed it was as picturesque as a French lithograph; and we boys were in the habit of looking each day to see what she would wear next.

    Oldtown Folks

  • Alice A--- flitting about in her white dress and fern-leaf wreath, dancing like the slender sylph she really was, but never can I forget the odd effect of the gentlemen's feet!

    Station Amusements

  • Her dress was of white mull, with lace gathered around the neck and wristbands; a delicate fringy fern-leaf was caught by the cameo that pinned the lace collar, and around the heavy coil of hair at the back of her head, Hattie had twined a spray of scarlet tecoma.

    St. Elmo. A Novel.


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