1. [ noun ] (botany) tall fern of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes
Synonyms: shuttlecock_fern Matteuccia_struthiopteris Pteretis_struthiopteris Onoclea_struthiopteris ostrich_fern
Related terms: fern Matteuccia
2. [ noun ] (botany) New World fern having woolly cinnamon-colored spore-bearing fronds in early spring later surrounded by green fronds; the early uncurling fronds are edible
Synonyms: fiddlehead_fern Osmunda_cinnamonea cinnamon_fern
Related terms: flowering_fern
Similar spelling:   fiddle_with