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.

    The Wind Bloweth

  • 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.

    John Halifax, Gentleman


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