from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various tropical treelike ferns having a woody trunklike stem and a terminal crown of large, pinnately divided fronds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of many tropical plants, of the families Cyatheaceae and Dicksoniaceae, that have tall trunks topped with fronds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. an arborescent fern having a straight trunk, sometimes twenty or twenty-five feet high, or even higher, and bearing a cluster of fronds at the top. Most of the existing species are tropical.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of several species of ferns that attain to the size of trees.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous usually tropical ferns having a thick woody stem or caudex and a crown of large fronds; found especially in Australia and New Zealand; chiefly of the families Cyatheaceae and Marattiaceae but some from Polypodiaceae
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BOWENIA SPECTABILIS (“moo-nah”) after being allowed weeks to decompose, the core of the tree fern