1 (also fiddlehead fern) North American The young, curled, edible frond of certain ferns.
- For some Lake Superior Ojibwe tribal members, this season means the preparation of meals using wild greens such as bagwaji zhigaagawinzhig (wild onion), waabigoniin, and waagaag (fiddlehead fern).
- These are fiddleheads, the young shoots of the ostrich fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris, and the cinnamon fern, Osmunda cinnamonum.
- Christmas fern and soft shield fern (P. setiferum) remain green; the fiddleheads of many ferns emerge early from the winter ground.
Late 18th century: from the resemblance to the head of a violin.
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