from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as floating-fern. See Ceratopteris.
- n. A fern of the genus Osmunda; specifically, O. regalis.
- n. A plant of the order Marsileaceæ.
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It deepens and broadens, and ahead is always a clearer pool, a more shadowy rock, a softer water-fern.
Waiting for the post-chaise, Mrs. Halifax and the boys sat down on the bridge over the defunct and silenced water-fall, on the muddy steps of which, where the stream used to dash musically over, weeds and long grasses, mingled with the drooping water-fern, were already beginning to grow.