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; regal; as, royal power or prerogative; royal domains; the royal family; royal state. [1913 Webster]

2. Noble; generous; magnificent; princely. [1913 Webster]

How doth that royal merchant, good Antonio? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Under the patronage of royality; holding a charter granted by the sovereign; as, the Royal Academy of Arts; the Royal Society. [1913 Webster]

{Battle royal}. See under {Battle}.

{Royal bay} (Bot.), the classic laurel ({Laurus nobilis}.)

{Royal eagle}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Golden eagle}, under {Golden}.

{Royal fern} (Bot.), the handsome fern {Osmunda regalis}. See {Osmund}.

{Royal mast} (Naut.), the mast next above the topgallant mast and usually the highest on a square-rigged vessel. The royal yard and royal sail are attached to the royal mast.

{Royal metal}, an old name for gold.

{Royal palm} (Bot.), a magnificent West Indian palm tree ({Oreodoxa regia}), lately discovered also in Florida.

{Royal pheasant}. See {Curassow}.

{Royal purple}, an intense violet color, verging toward blue.

{Royal tern} (Zo["o]l.), a large, crested American tern ({Sterna maxima}).

{Royal tiger}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Tiger}.

{Royal touch}, the touching of a diseased person by the hand of a king, with the view of restoring to health; -- formerly extensively practiced, particularly for the scrofula, or king's evil. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Kingly; regal; monarchical; imperial; kinglike; princely; august; majestic; superb; splendid; illustrious; noble; magnanimous. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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