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

  • n. Any of various ferns of the genus Nephrolepis, including the Boston fern, having bipinnately compound fronds and sori at the vein tips.

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  • n. any of several tropical ferns having more or less sword-shaped fronds including one from which the Boston fern developed


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