Male Fern Definition
A fern (Dryopteris filix-mas) of the Northern Hemisphere: source of an oleoresin used to expel tapeworms.
Webster's New World
- Dryopteris filix-mas
Other Word Forms of Male Fern
Origin of Male Fern
Ultimately 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)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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