Definition of fiddlehead in English:

fiddlehead

Line breaks: fiddle|head

noun

  • 1 (also fiddlehead fern or fiddlehead green) North American The young, curled, edible frond of certain ferns.
    More example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2A scroll-like carving at a ship’s bows.
    More example sentences
    • The head of the ship usually was finished off as a scrollhead or a fiddlehead.
    • A gilt fiddlehead did you say--eh?

More definitions of fiddlehead

Definition of fiddlehead in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
noun
a powerful whirlpool in the sea