fiddlehead
fiddlehead fid"dle*head` n. 1. any of several tall ferns of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes.

Syn: ostrich fern, shuttlecock fern, {Matteuccia struthiopteris}, {Pteretis struthiopteris}, {Onoclea struthiopteris}. [WordNet 1.5]

2. New World fern ({Osmunda cinnamonea}) having woolly cinnamon-colored spore-bearing fronds in early spring later surrounded by green fronds, called also {fiddlehead fern}; the early uncurling fronds are edible, and sometimes considered as a vegetable delicacy.

Syn: cinnamon fern, fiddlehead fern, {Osmunda cinnamonea}. [WordNet 1.5]

3. (Naut.) an ornament on a ship's bow, curved like the volute or scroll at the head of a violin. Sometimes it serves the function of a {billhead}. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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  • fiddlehead — [fid′ lhed΄] n. 1. a carved decoration on a ship s bow, curved like the scroll of a violin head 2. [so named from its shape] the coiled tip of a young fern of any of certain species, often cooked and eaten as a vegetable; crosier: also called… …   English World dictionary

  • fiddlehead — one with a head as hollow as a fiddle, 1854 (fiddleheaded), from FIDDLE (Cf. fiddle) + HEAD (Cf. head). As a name for young fern fronds, from 1882, from resemblance to a violin s scroll …   Etymology dictionary

  • fiddlehead — noun Date: 1882 one of the young unfurling fronds of some ferns that are often eaten as greens called also fiddlehead fern …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fiddlehead — noun 1》 (also fiddlehead greens) N. Amer. the young, curled, edible frond of certain ferns. 2》 a scroll like carving at a ship s bows …   English new terms dictionary

  • fiddlehead — noun 1. tall fern of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes • Syn: ↑ostrich fern, ↑shuttlecock fern, ↑Matteuccia struthiopteris, ↑Pteretis struthiopteris, ↑Onoclea struthiopteris •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fiddlehead — /fid l hed /, n. 1. Naut. a billethead having a form similar to the volute carved at the upper end of a violin. 2. the young, coiled frond of various species of ferns, eaten as a vegetable. [1790 1800; FIDDLE + HEAD] * * * …   Universalium

  • fiddlehead — noun a) The scroll shaped decoration at the tip of a fiddle. b) The furled fronds of a young fern harvested for food consumption. Syn: scroll, circinate vernation …   Wiktionary

  • fiddlehead — fid•dle•head [[t]ˈfɪd lˌhɛd[/t]] n. pln the young coiled frond of a fern …   From formal English to slang

  • fiddlehead — /ˈfɪdlhɛd/ (say fidlhed) noun an ornament at the bow of a ship, containing a scroll somewhat like that at the head of a violin …   Australian English dictionary

  • Fiddlehead fern — Fiddlehead ferns refers to the unfurled fronds of a young fern harvested for food consumption. The fiddlehead, or circinate vernation, unrolls as the fern matures and grows due to more growth in the inside of the curl. The fiddlehead resembles… …   Wikipedia

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