male fern
male fern male fern n. A fern of North America and Europe ({Dryopteris filix-mas}) whose rhizomes and stalks yield an oleoresin used to expel tapeworms. It is a member of the woodfern genus. [WordNet 1.5]

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  • Male fern — Male Male, a. [F. m[^a]le, OF. masle, mascle, fr. L. masculus male, masculine, dim. of mas a male; possibly akin to E. man. Cf. {Masculine}, {Marry}, v. t.] 1. Of or pertaining to the sex that begets or procreates young, or (in a wider sense) to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • male-fern — maleˈ fern noun An elegant woodland fern formerly thought to be the male of the lady fern • • • Main Entry: ↑male …   Useful english dictionary

  • male fern — n a fern (Dryopteris filix mas) of Europe and No. America producing an oleoresin that is used in expelling tapeworms see ASPIDIUM * * * male shield fern Dryopteris filix mas …   Medical dictionary

  • male fern — male′ fern′ n. pln a bright green fern, Dryopteris filix mas, of the polypody family, native to Europe and NE North America: source of resin used to expel tapeworms • Etymology: 1555–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • male fern — n. a fern (Dryopteris filix mas) of the Northern Hemisphere: source of an oleoresin used to expel tapeworms …   English World dictionary

  • male fern — noun fern of North America and Europe whose rhizomes and stalks yield an oleoresin used to expel tapeworms • Syn: ↑Dryopteris filix mas • Hypernyms: ↑wood fern, ↑wood fern, ↑woodfern * * * noun : a fern (Dryopteris fi …   Useful english dictionary

  • male fern — kelminis papartis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Papartinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Dryopteris filix mas), paplitęs Europoje, Azijoje ir Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Dryopteris filix mas angl. common… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • male fern — /ˈmeɪl fɜn/ (say mayl fern) noun a variable, robust, rhizomatous fern with large dissected leaves, Dryopteris filix mas, widespread in woods of temperate regions …   Australian English dictionary

  • male fern — noun Date: 1562 a fern (Dryopteris filix mas) producing an oleoresin used in expelling tapeworms …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • male fern — a bright green fern, Dryopteris filix mas, of Europe and northeastern North America. [1555 65] * * * …   Universalium

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