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spleenwort

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Pronunciation: /ˈspliːnwəːt
 
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Definition of spleenwort in English:

noun

A small fern which grows in rosettes on rocks and walls, typically with rounded or triangular lobes on a slender stem. Spleenworts were formerly used to treat disorders of the spleen.
  • Genus Asplenium, family Aspleniaceae
Example sentences
  • Species of the eastern deciduous forest are northern maidenhair, maidenhair spleenwort, and oak fern.
  • Enclosing the garden will be a traditional dry stone wall planted with native Irish plants - yarrow, thrift, heart's tongue fern and maiden hair spleenwort.
  • Others are maidenhair spleenwort, two kinds of polypody, and walking fern.

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