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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fern(noun)

    any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores


  1. fern(Noun)

    Any of a group of some twenty thousand species of vascular plants classified in the Division Pteridophyta (formerly known by some as Filicophyta) that lacks seeds and reproduces by shedding spores to initiate an alternation of generations.

  2. Fern(ProperNoun)

    from the fern plant.

  3. Origin: From fearn, from farnan (cf. Dutch varen, German Farn), from pornóm 'wing, feather' (cf. Lithuanian sparnas, Albanian fier 'fern', Avestan parəna, Sanskrit ), from *per- 'feather' (cf. Tocharian B parwa, Old Church Slavonic ).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fern(adverb)

    long ago

  2. Fern(adj)

    ancient; old. [Obs.] "Pilgrimages to . . . ferne halwes." [saints]

  3. Fern(noun)

    an order of cryptogamous plants, the Filices, which have their fructification on the back of the fronds or leaves. They are usually found in humid soil, sometimes grow epiphytically on trees, and in tropical climates often attain a gigantic size

  4. Origin: [AS. fyrn.]


  1. Fern

    A fern is any one or more of a group of about 12,000 species of plants belonging to the botanical group known as Pteridophyta. Unlike mosses, they have xylem and phloem. They have stems, leaves, and roots like other vascular plants. Ferns reproduce via spores and have neither seeds nor flowers. Most ferns have what are called fiddleheads. The fiddleheads expand into what are called fronds, which are each delicately divided. By far the largest group of ferns is the leptosporangiate ferns, but ferns as defined here include horsetails, whisk ferns, marattioid ferns, and ophioglossoid ferns. The term pteridophyte also refers to ferns and a few other seedless vascular plants. Ferns first appear in the fossil record 360 million years ago in the Carboniferous but many of the current families and species did not appear until roughly 145 million years ago in the early Cretaceous. Ferns are not of major economic importance, but some are grown or gathered for food, as ornamental plants, for remediating contaminated soils, and have been the subject of research for their ability to remove some chemical pollutants from the air. Some are significant weeds. They also play a role in mythology, medicine, and art.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fern

    fern, n. one of the beautiful class of higher or vascular cryptogamous plants—the natural order Filices.—ns. Fern′ery, a place for rearing ferns; Fern′-owl, the European goatsucker or night-jar; Fern′-seed, the spores of ferns, which, properly gathered, render the bearers invisible; Fern′shaw, a thicket of ferns; Fern′ticle, a freckle.—adjs. Fern′ticled; Fern′y. [A.S. fearn; Ger. farn.]

Editors Contribution

  1. fern

    A type of plant created and cultivated in various species.

    Fern are used in bouquets of flowers and grow in the wild also.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 3, 2017  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of FERN in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of FERN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of FERN in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Field:

    It may have taken on the order of 100 years for the' fern spike' to begin, and about 1,000 years for forest communities to rebound, once forests were back, the ancestors of today's modern tree-dwelling birds could -- and did -- move into the trees. By a couple of millions of years after the asteroid impact, we have direct evidence of arboreal fossil birds.

  2. Marley Dias:

    Where the Red Fern Grows, my mom asked me, 'What are you going to do about it?'.

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