royal fern
Osmund Os"mund, n. (Bot.) A fern of the genus {Osmunda}, or flowering fern. The most remarkable species is the {osmund royal}, or {royal fern} ({Osmunda regalis}), which grows in wet or boggy places, and has large bipinnate fronds, often with a panicle of capsules at the top. The rootstock contains much starch, and has been used in stiffening linen. [1913 Webster]

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  • Royal fern — Royal Roy al, a. [OE. roial, riall, real, OF. roial. reial, F. royal, fr. L. regalis, fr. rex, regis, king. See {Rich}, and cf. {regal}, {real} a coin, {Rial}.] 1. Kingly; pertaining to the crown or the sovereign; suitable for a king or queen;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • royal fern — n. a tall, often aquatic, bushy fern (Osmunda regalis) of a family (Osmundaceae) of ferns characterized by special fronds that contain sporangia …   English World dictionary

  • royal fern — noun large deeply rooted fern of worldwide distribution with upright bipinnate compound tufted fronds • Syn: ↑royal osmund, ↑king fern, ↑ditch fern, ↑French bracken, ↑Osmunda regalis • Hypernyms: ↑flowering fern, ↑osmund …   Useful english dictionary

  • royal fern — roy′al fern′ n. pln a tall, coarse osmunda fern, Osmunda regalis, having large, upright fronds, growing in wetland areas • Etymology: 1770–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • royal fern — /rɔɪəl ˈfɜn/ (say royuhl fern) noun a fern, Osmunda regalis, with tall fronds …   Australian English dictionary

  • royal fern — a coarse fern, Osmunda regalis, having tall, upright fronds. [1770 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • royal fern — noun a large pale green fern which has very long spreading fronds, occurring worldwide in wet habitats. [Osmunda regalis.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • Royal — Roy al, a. [OE. roial, riall, real, OF. roial. reial, F. royal, fr. L. regalis, fr. rex, regis, king. See {Rich}, and cf. {regal}, {real} a coin, {Rial}.] 1. Kingly; pertaining to the crown or the sovereign; suitable for a king or queen; regal;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Royal bay — Royal Roy al, a. [OE. roial, riall, real, OF. roial. reial, F. royal, fr. L. regalis, fr. rex, regis, king. See {Rich}, and cf. {regal}, {real} a coin, {Rial}.] 1. Kingly; pertaining to the crown or the sovereign; suitable for a king or queen;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Royal eagle — Royal Roy al, a. [OE. roial, riall, real, OF. roial. reial, F. royal, fr. L. regalis, fr. rex, regis, king. See {Rich}, and cf. {regal}, {real} a coin, {Rial}.] 1. Kingly; pertaining to the crown or the sovereign; suitable for a king or queen;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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