Definition of shield fern in English:

shield fern

Syllabification: shield fern

noun

  • Any of a number of ferns that have circular shieldlike scales protecting the spore cases.
    • a European fern of damp woodland (genus Polystichum, family Dryopteridaceae).an evergreen fern (genus Thelypteris, family Thelypteridaceae).Australian a fern of forested country (family Aspidiaceae).
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    • Christmas fern and soft shield fern (P. setiferum) remain green; the fiddleheads of many ferns emerge early from the winter ground.
    • Cinnamon, royal, and southern shield ferns will grow in full sun if constant moisture is available.
    • The distinctive shaggy, moss texture and neat habit of growth sets this variety of soft shield fern apart.

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