Definitions

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  • noun botany Any of the genus Woodwardia of chain ferns.

Etymologies

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From the genus name.

Examples

  • Between the huge brown boles of the redwoods woodwardia grew riotously, while through the great branches of these sentinels of the ages the sunlight filtered.

    The Valley of the Giants

  • The most important of the larger species are woodwardia, aspidium, asplenium, and, above all, the common pteris.

    The Yosemite

  • Many fine ferns dwell here also, especially the beautiful and interesting rock-ferns -- pellaea, and cheilanthes of several species -- fringing and rosetting dry rock-piles and ledges; woodwardia and asplenium on damp spots with fronds six or seven feet high; the delicate maiden-hair in mossy nooks by the falls, and the sturdy, broad-shouldered pteris covering nearly all the dry ground beneath the oaks and pines.

    The Yosemite

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  • I stole this from wordnik for ptero!

    The most important of the larger species are woodwardia, aspidium, asplenium, and, above all, the common pteris. — The Yosemite

    September 11, 2009