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

  • Pteretis — noun small genus sometimes included in genus Onoclea; in some classifications both genera are placed in Polypodiaceae • Syn: ↑Matteuccia, ↑genus Matteuccia, ↑genus Pteretis • Hypernyms: ↑fern genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Dryopteridacea …   Useful english dictionary

  • genus Pteretis — noun small genus sometimes included in genus Onoclea; in some classifications both genera are placed in Polypodiaceae • Syn: ↑Matteuccia, ↑genus Matteuccia, ↑Pteretis • Hypernyms: ↑fern genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Dryopteridaceae, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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

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

  • 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

  • Matteuccia struthiopteris — Ostrich fern Sterile fronds in summer Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae …   Wikipedia

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

  • Matteuccia — noun small genus sometimes included in genus Onoclea; in some classifications both genera are placed in Polypodiaceae • Syn: ↑genus Matteuccia, ↑Pteretis, ↑genus Pteretis • Hypernyms: ↑fern genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Dryopteridaceae …   Useful english dictionary

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