from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several ferns of the genus Osmunda, having erect, bipinnately compound fronds and deeply contracted fertile pinnules. The fibrous roots are sometimes used as a potting medium for cultivated plants, and the young crosiers are used as food.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. royal fern, osmund (of genus Osmunda)

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of handsome ferns, widely distributed throughout north temperate regions, and typical of the order Osmundace├Ž.


New Latin Osmunda, genus name, from Middle English osmunde, a kind of fern, from Old French osmonde.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the genus name. (Wiktionary)



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