male fernmale fern
Origin of male fernUltimately from a translation of Latin mās male ( used by Pliny the Elder to describe a variety of this fern, in reference to its robustness and in contrast to a more delicate fern that he calls nymphaea filix literally, nymph fern )
(plural male ferns)
- Dryopteris filix-mas, from which is derived a vermifuge preparation.
male fern - Medical Definition