Definition of silver fern in English:

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silver fern

noun

1 another term for ponga.
Example sentences
  • These views were punctuated by cascading waterfalls, silver ferns, and a couple of wicker birds.
  • The walk there and back took us through some beautiful bush with huge silver ferns, beach trees, pungas, pohutakawa, cabbage trees and palms.
2A stylized fern leaf in silver, as an emblem of New Zealand.
Example sentences
  • The results of the Canterbury team reflected the commitment of the contestants for the competition in their quest to wear the silver fern for New Zealand in St. Gallen.
  • He knew he'd earn his silver fern, because there were 18 games on tour.
  • I think I'll start a lobby group to have the national flag changed to a black background with a silver fern.

Phrases

wear the silver fern

NZ informal Be a member of an international New Zealand sports team: the girls are honoured to be wearing the silver fern for the first time
More example sentences
  • The results reflected the commitment of the contestants for the competition in their quest to wear the silver fern for New Zealand.
  • The youngster can wear the silver fern through having Kiwi parents.
  • These guys are wearing the silver fern, they're putting their marker in the ground and are saying "I'm here to represent my country".
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