from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Any of several small ferns of the genus Woodsia, having pinnately divided fronds and growing in clusters in cool rocky areas.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A genus of delicate polypodiaceous ferns, natives of high temperate or boreal latitudes.
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- noun any fern of the genus Woodsia
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
The ferns were developed in remarkable beauty and size -- aspidiums, one of which is about six feet high, a woodsia, lomaria, and several species of polypodium.
Naturally enough the greater number are rock ferns -- pellaea, cheilanthes, polypodium, adiantum, woodsia, cryptogramma, etc., with small tufted fronds, lining cool glens and fringing the seams of the cliffs.