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Christmas fern Syllabification: Christ·mas fern

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of Christmas fern in English:


An evergreen fern with dark green leathery fronds that grow in circular clumps from a central rootstock.
  • Polystichum acrostichoides, family Polypodiaceae
Example sentences
  • Behind the birch I add Christmas fern, which is evergreen and adds a nice texture in front of the stone wall.
  • Higher up there's dense green vegetation: tough para grass, mountain cactus, wild star apple, clusters of tree ferns and Christmas ferns.
  • I am at a loss to explain why ferns haven't made a bigger splash in the American landscape, and more specifically our Christmas fern, Polystichum acrostichoides.
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