Definitions

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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any fern of the genus Woodsia

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Woodsia, genus name, after Joseph Woods, (1776–1864), British botanist.]

Examples

  • 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.

    Travels in Alaska

  • 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.

    The Yosemite

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