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 cinnamon fern, having bipinnately compound sterile fronds and separate spore-bearing fertile fronds. The fibrous roots are used as a potting medium.
Origin of osmundaNew Latin Osmunda, genus name, from Middle English osmunde, a kind of fern, from Old French osmonde.
- (botany) royal fern, osmund (of genus Osmunda)
From the genus name.