fern seed
noun Date: 1596 the dustlike asexual spores of ferns formerly thought to be seeds and believed to make the possessor invisible

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fern-seed — fernˈ seed noun The spores of ferns, once believed to confer invisibility • • • Main Entry: ↑fern …   Useful english dictionary

  • fern seed — fern′ seed n. bot the spores of ferns, formerly supposed to have the power to make persons invisible …   From formal English to slang

  • fern seed — n. the dustlike spores of ferns: formerly believed to make the person who carried them invisible …   English World dictionary

  • fern seed — noun The asexual, dustlike spores of a fern which resemble seeds Superstition held fern seed renders one invisible See Also: seedcake, seedcase, seed coat, seedeater, seeder, seed fern …   Wiktionary

  • fern seed — noun the asexual spore of ferns that resembles dust; once thought to be seeds and to make the possessor invisible • Hypernyms: ↑spore • Part Holonyms: ↑fern * * * noun : the dustlike asexual spores of ferns that were formerly taken for seeds and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fern seed — /ˈfɜn sid/ (say fern seed) noun the spores of ferns, invisible to the naked eye and therefore formerly supposed to have the power to make persons invisible …   Australian English dictionary

  • fern seed — the spores of ferns, formerly supposed to have the power to make persons invisible. [1590 1600] * * * …   Universalium

  • Fern — This article is about the group of pteridophyte plants. For other uses, see Fern (disambiguation). Ferns (Pteridophyta) Temporal range: Mid Devonian[1] Recent …   Wikipedia

  • seed fern — noun A plant of the ancient order Cycadofilicales, which had fronds like a fern and naked seeds See Also: seedcake, seedcase, seed coat, seedeater, seeder, seedful, seed leaf, seedling …   Wiktionary

  • Fern ally — is a general term covering a somewhat diverse group of vascular plants that are not flowering plants and not true ferns. Like ferns, these plants disperse by shedding spores to initiate an alternation of generations. There were originally three… …   Wikipedia

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