any of a genus (Osmunda, family Osmundaceae) of ferns having specialized fronds or portions of fronds bearing dense masses of spore cases
Origin of osmundaModern Latin from Old French osmonde from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Any of several ferns of the genus Osmunda, such as the royal fern, or formerly classified in this genus, such as the cinnamon fern, having bipinnately compound sterile fronds and separate spore-bearing fertile fronds. The fibrous roots of certain osmunda ferns were once widely used as a potting medium.
Origin of osmundaNew Latin Osmunda genus name from Medieval Latin osmunda any of various ferns, especially the royal fern from Old French osmonde of unknown origin
- (botany) royal fern, osmund (of genus Osmunda)
From the genus name.