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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a genus of showy ferns (Osmunda), with conspicuous bivalvular sporangia. They usually grow in wet places.

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

  • n. any fern of the genus Osmunda: large ferns with creeping rhizomes; naked sporangia are on modified fronds that resemble flower clusters
  • n. Australasian fern with clusters of sporangia on stems of fertile fronds


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