from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A place or container in which ferns are grown.
- noun A bed or collection of ferns.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A place where ferns are artificially grown; a plantation of ferns.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A place for rearing ferns.
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- noun A
specialized gardenfor the cultivationand displayof ferns.
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The fernery was a huge glass building on one side of the ballroom, filled with Australian and New Zealand ferns, and having
The fernery was a huge glass building on one side of the ballroom, filled with Australian and New Zealand ferns, and having a large fountain in the centre sending up a sparkling jet of water, which fell into the shallow stone basin filled with water lilies and their pure white flowers.
Half a mile from the start, or thereabouts, the path skirts what I should call the fernery; a circular space, perhaps one hundred and fifty feet in diameter, set in the midst of the primeval forest, but itself containing no tree or shrub of any sort, -- nothing but one dense mass of ferns.
Along the foot trail which led down the side of the big canon to the intake of the water-pipe, they established their fernery.
In the rose garden, which had taken the place of the old fernery, he could see Irene snipping and pruning, with a little basket on her arm.
The old dog got off his haunches, and his tail, close-curled over his back, began a feeble, excited fluttering; he came waddling forward, gathered momentum, and disappeared over the edge of the fernery.
Slowly, as was their wont, they crossed among the constellations of buttercups and daisies, and entered the fernery.
Up on the lawn above the fernery he could see his old dog Balthasar.
He would see her when she emerged from the fernery, come swaying just a little,
Emerging from the fernery, he opened the wicket gate, which just there led into the first field, a large and park-like area, out of which, within brick walls, the vegetable garden had been carved.