Definition of fern in English:


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Pronunciation: /fəːn

noun (plural same or ferns)

A flowerless plant which has feathery or leafy fronds and reproduces by spores released from the undersides of the fronds. Ferns have a vascular system for the transport of water and nutrients.
  • Class Filicopsida, division Pteridophyta
More example sentences
  • Found in the shade throughout the growing season are numerous ferns and fern allies.
  • Despite its name, this evergreen is not a pine but a spore-bearing plant related to ferns.
  • The children collected leaves from plants such as ferns etc. which will be used for nature study purposes.
archaic brake


Old English fearn, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch varen and German Farn.



noun (plural ferneries)
More example sentences
  • Elma has great plans for a water feature and a fernery (collection of different ferns) and her enthusiasm was really infectious.
  • We've got rough bark covered in moss and dripping with green fernery, quite a way up the trunk of the tree.
  • The fernery near the rose garden had fallen into disrepair, and in 1988 the Christchurch City Council set aside a sum of $6000.00 for its demolition.


More example sentences
  • On the other hand, a planting that combines large, tropical-looking leaves with fine-textured, ferny foliage will have pizzazz.
  • Use the ferny leaves on a sandwich in place of lettuce, mix them with other salad greens, steep them in white-wine vinegar, or bruise them and add them to a wine spritzer.
  • It has grown more than two metres high this year despite being in a relatively small container and has covered a decent area of wall with its ferny foliage with a few stems finding their way into the bamboo growing nearby.

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