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hard fern

Syllabification: hard fern

Definition of hard fern in English:

noun

A European fern of heathy places, with long, narrow, leathery fronds consisting of a row of thin lobes on each side of the stem.
  • Blechnum spicant, family Blechnaceae
Example sentences
  • In addition to the fir trees there are rowan, macrocarpa, eucalyptus and larch, and some native plants such as hard fern, matagouri, tussock, manuka, coprosma, and dracophyllum (the grass tree).
  • The hard fern is one of the few plants which remain green throughout the winter.
  • Navelwort, mosses and hard ferns grow on the ‘ditches’, the word use in Ireland for field walls.

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