- a carved decoration on a ship's bow, curved like the scroll of a violin head
so named from its shape the coiled tip of a young fern of any of certain species, often cooked and eaten as a vegetable; crosier
See fiddlehead in American Heritage Dictionary 4
- Nautical A curved, scroll-like ornamentation at the top of a ship's bow that resembles the neck of a violin.
- Botany The coiled young frond of any of various ferns, some of which are considered a delicacy when cooked. Also called crosier.