Shield fern
Shield Shield, n. [OE. sheld, scheld, AS. scield, scild, sceld, scyld; akin to OS. scild, OFries. skeld, D. & G. schild, OHG. scilt, Icel. skj["o]ldr, Sw. sk["o]ld, Dan. skiold, Goth. skildus; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Sheldrake}.] 1. A broad piece of defensive armor, carried on the arm, -- formerly in general use in war, for the protection of the body. See {Buckler}. [1913 Webster]

Now put your shields before your hearts and fight, With hearts more proof than shields. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything which protects or defends; defense; shelter; protection. ``My council is my shield.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Figuratively, one who protects or defends. [1913 Webster]

Fear not, Abram; I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. --Gen. xv. 1. [1913 Webster]

4. (Bot.) In lichens, a Hardened cup or disk surrounded by a rim and containing the fructification, or asci. [1913 Webster]

5. (Her.) The escutcheon or field on which are placed the bearings in coats of arms. Cf. {Lozenge}. See Illust. of {Escutcheon}. [1913 Webster]

6. (Mining & Tunneling) A framework used to protect workmen in making an adit under ground, and capable of being pushed along as excavation progresses. [1913 Webster]

7. A spot resembling, or having the form of, a shield. ``Bespotted as with shields of red and black.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

8. A coin, the old French crown, or ['e]cu, having on one side the figure of a shield. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

{Shield fern} (Bot.), any fern of the genus {Aspidium}, in which the fructifications are covered with shield-shaped indusia; -- called also {wood fern}. See Illust. of {Indusium}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • shield fern — noun any of various ferns of the genera Dryopteris or Polystichum or Lastreopsis having somewhat shield shaped coverings on the sori • Syn: ↑buckler fern • Hypernyms: ↑fern • Hyponyms: ↑broad buckler fern, ↑Dryopteris dilatata, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • shield fern — any of numerous ferns of the genera Dryopteris and Polystichum, having shield shaped indusia. [1805 15] * * * ▪ fern genus also called  wood fern  or  log fern        any member of the fern genus Dryopteris, in the family Dryopteridaceae. The… …   Universalium

  • shield-fern — /ˈʃild fɜn/ (say sheeld fern) noun any fern of the genus Polystichum which has peltate indusia, as mother shield fern, P. proliferum …   Australian English dictionary

  • shield-fern — papartis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Papartinių (Dryopteridaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Dryopteris). atitikmenys: lot. Dryopteris angl. fern; shield fern; woodfern vok. Dornfarn; Wurmfarn rus. щитовник lenk. nerecznica …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • shield fern — noun a fern with circular shield like scales protecting the spore cases. [Polystichum and other genera.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • Goldie's shield fern — noun North American fern with a blackish lustrous stipe • Syn: ↑Goldie s fern, ↑goldie s wood fern, ↑Dryopteris goldiana • Hypernyms: ↑shield fern, ↑buckler fern * * * noun see …   Useful english dictionary

  • soft shield fern — noun European shield fern cultivated in many varieties • Syn: ↑Polystichum setiferum • Hypernyms: ↑shield fern, ↑buckler fern • Member Holonyms: ↑Polystichum, ↑genus Polystichum …   Useful english dictionary

  • male shield-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)

  • Japanese shield fern — vėlyvasis papartis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Papartinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Dryopteris erythrosora), paplitęs rytų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Dryopteris erythrosora angl. autumn fern; Japanese shield fern šaltinis… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • fragrant shield fern — noun fern or northern Eurasia and North America having fragrant fronds • Syn: ↑fragrant cliff fern, ↑fragrant wood fern, ↑Dryopteris fragrans • Hypernyms: ↑wood fern, ↑wood fern, ↑woodfern * * * …   Useful english dictionary

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