Osmunda cinnamonea
fiddlehead fid"dle*head` n. 1. any of several tall ferns of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes.

Syn: ostrich fern, shuttlecock fern, {Matteuccia struthiopteris}, {Pteretis struthiopteris}, {Onoclea struthiopteris}. [WordNet 1.5]

2. New World fern ({Osmunda cinnamonea}) having woolly cinnamon-colored spore-bearing fronds in early spring later surrounded by green fronds, called also {fiddlehead fern}; the early uncurling fronds are edible, and sometimes considered as a vegetable delicacy.

Syn: cinnamon fern, fiddlehead fern, {Osmunda cinnamonea}. [WordNet 1.5]

3. (Naut.) an ornament on a ship's bow, curved like the volute or scroll at the head of a violin. Sometimes it serves the function of a {billhead}. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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  • Osmunda cinnamonea — fiddlehead fid dle*head n. 1. any of several tall ferns of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes. Syn: ostrich fern, shuttlecock fern, {Matteuccia struthiopteris}, {Pteretis… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Osmunda cinnamonea — noun New World fern having woolly cinnamon colored spore bearing fronds in early spring later surrounded by green fronds; the early uncurling fronds are edible • Syn: ↑cinnamon fern, ↑fiddlehead, ↑fiddlehead fern • Hypernyms: ↑flowering fern,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fiddlehead — fid dle*head n. 1. any of several tall ferns of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes. Syn: ostrich fern, shuttlecock fern, {Matteuccia struthiopteris}, {Pteretis struthiopteris},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fiddlehead fern — fiddlehead fid dle*head n. 1. any of several tall ferns of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes. Syn: ostrich fern, shuttlecock fern, {Matteuccia struthiopteris}, {Pteretis… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Matteuccia struthiopteris — fiddlehead fid dle*head n. 1. any of several tall ferns of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes. Syn: ostrich fern, shuttlecock fern, {Matteuccia struthiopteris}, {Pteretis… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Onoclea struthiopteris — fiddlehead fid dle*head n. 1. any of several tall ferns of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes. Syn: ostrich fern, shuttlecock fern, {Matteuccia struthiopteris}, {Pteretis… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pteretis struthiopteris — fiddlehead fid dle*head n. 1. any of several tall ferns of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes. Syn: ostrich fern, shuttlecock fern, {Matteuccia struthiopteris}, {Pteretis… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flowering fern — noun 1. Australasian fern with clusters of sporangia on stems of fertile fronds • Syn: ↑Helminthostachys zeylanica • Hypernyms: ↑fern • Member Holonyms: ↑Helminthostachys, ↑genus Helminthostachys 2. any fern of the …   Useful english dictionary

  • cinnamon fern — noun New World fern having woolly cinnamon colored spore bearing fronds in early spring later surrounded by green fronds; the early uncurling fronds are edible • Syn: ↑fiddlehead, ↑fiddlehead fern, ↑Osmunda cinnamonea • Hypernyms: ↑flowering fern …   Useful english dictionary

  • fiddlehead — noun 1. tall fern of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes • Syn: ↑ostrich fern, ↑shuttlecock fern, ↑Matteuccia struthiopteris, ↑Pteretis struthiopteris, ↑Onoclea struthiopteris •… …   Useful english dictionary

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