wood 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]


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  • Wood fern — Wood Wood, n. [OE. wode, wude, AS. wudu, wiodu; akin to OHG. witu, Icel. vi?r, Dan. & Sw. ved wood, and probably to Ir. & Gael. fiodh, W. gwydd trees, shrubs.] [1913 Webster] 1. A large and thick collection of trees; a forest or grove; frequently …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wood fern — noun any of various ferns of the genus Dryopteris • Syn: ↑wood fern, ↑woodfern • Hypernyms: ↑fern • Hyponyms: ↑fragrant cliff fern, ↑fragrant shield fern, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • wood-fern — noun any of various ferns of the genus Dryopteris • Syn: ↑wood fern, ↑woodfern • Hypernyms: ↑fern • Hyponyms: ↑fragrant cliff fern, ↑fragrant shield fern, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • wood fern — noun A kind of shield fern, genus Dryopteris …   Wiktionary

  • wood fern — any of several shield ferns of the genus Dryopteris. [1880 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • evergreen wood fern — noun 1. North American evergreen fern having pinnate leaves and dense clusters of lance shaped fronds • Syn: ↑Christmas fern, ↑canker brake, ↑dagger fern, ↑Polystichum acrostichoides • Hypernyms: ↑fern • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • leatherleaf wood fern — noun North American fern with evergreen fronds • Syn: ↑marginal wood fern, ↑evergreen wood fern, ↑Dryopteris marginalis • Hypernyms: ↑wood fern, ↑wood fern, ↑woodfern …   Useful english dictionary

  • marginal wood fern — noun North American fern with evergreen fronds • Syn: ↑evergreen wood fern, ↑leatherleaf wood fern, ↑Dryopteris marginalis • Hypernyms: ↑wood fern, ↑wood fern, ↑woodfern …   Useful english dictionary

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

  • spinulose wood fern — smailialapis papartis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Papartinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Dryopteris carthusiana), paplitęs Europoje, Šiaurės Amerikoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Dryopteris carthusiana angl. narror… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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