Definition of male fern in English:

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male fern

noun

A fern with brown scales on the stalks of the fronds, found in woodland in both North America and Eurasia.
  • Genus Dryopteris, family Dryopteridaceae: D. filix-mas and related species
Example sentences
  • Either shade or sun suits male ferns planted in temperate regions, but full shade remains mandatory in warmer zones.
  • There are tiny fiddleheads on the male ferns and ostrich ferns and the buds on the highbush cranberry are about ready to burst forth.
  • These male ferns produce elegant, frilly fronds up to 3 feet long and spread if spores fall in the right conditions.
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