fern «furn», noun.
any one of a group of plants that have roots, stems, and feathery leaves, but do not have flowers or seeds. The plant reproduces by means of spores, which grow in little brown clusters on the backs of the leaves. »

Maidenhair, adder's-tongue, spleenwort, osmund, and brake are ferns.

[Old English fearn]
fern´like´, adjective.

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