Christmas fern
Christmas Christ"mas, n. [Christ + mass.] An annual church festival (December 25) and in some States a legal holiday, in memory of the birth of Christ, often celebrated by a particular church service, and also by special gifts, greetings, and hospitality. [1913 Webster]

{Christmas box}. (a) A box in which presents are deposited at Christmas. (b) A present or small gratuity given to young people and servants at Christmas; a Christmas gift.

{Christmas carol}, a carol sung at, or suitable for, Christmas.

{Christmas day}. Same as {Christmas}.

{Christmas eve}, the evening before Christmas.

{Christmas fern} (Bot.), an evergreen North American fern ({Aspidium acrostichoides}), which is much used for decoration in winter.

{Christmas flower}, {Christmas rose}, the black hellebore, a poisonous plant of the buttercup family, which in Southern Europe often produces beautiful roselike flowers midwinter.

{Christmas tree}, a small evergreen tree, set up indoors, to be decorated with bonbons, presents, etc., and illuminated on Christmas eve. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Christmas fern — Fern Fern (f[ e]rn), n. [AS. fearn; akin to D. varen, G. farn, farnkraut; cf. Skr. par[.n]a wing, feather, leaf, sort of plant, or Lith. papartis fern.] (Bot.) An order of cryptogamous plants, the {Filices}, which have their fructification on the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

  • Christmas fern — an evergreen fern, Polystichum acrostichoides, having dense clusters of stiff fronds growing from a central rootstock. Also called dagger fern. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • Christmas fern — noun Date: 1878 a North American evergreen fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Christmas fern — noun An evergreen fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) of eastern North America …   Wiktionary

  • Christmas — Christ mas, n. [Christ + mass.] An annual church festival (December 25) and in some States a legal holiday, in memory of the birth of Christ, often celebrated by a particular church service, and also by special gifts, greetings, and hospitality.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Christmas box — Christmas Christ mas, n. [Christ + mass.] An annual church festival (December 25) and in some States a legal holiday, in memory of the birth of Christ, often celebrated by a particular church service, and also by special gifts, greetings, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Christmas carol — Christmas Christ mas, n. [Christ + mass.] An annual church festival (December 25) and in some States a legal holiday, in memory of the birth of Christ, often celebrated by a particular church service, and also by special gifts, greetings, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Christmas day — Christmas Christ mas, n. [Christ + mass.] An annual church festival (December 25) and in some States a legal holiday, in memory of the birth of Christ, often celebrated by a particular church service, and also by special gifts, greetings, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Christmas eve — Christmas Christ mas, n. [Christ + mass.] An annual church festival (December 25) and in some States a legal holiday, in memory of the birth of Christ, often celebrated by a particular church service, and also by special gifts, greetings, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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