noun Etymology: from the belief in its power to cure disorders of the spleen Date: 1578 any of a large genus (Asplenium) of chiefly evergreen ferns having linear or oblong sori

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  • Spleenwort — Spleen wort , n. [Spleen + wort; cf. L. splenium, asplenium, Gr. ????, ????, ???. ] (Bot.) Any fern of the genus {Asplenium}, some species of which were anciently used as remedies for disorders of the spleen. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spleenwort — [splēn′wʉrt΄] n. any of a genus (Asplenium, family Aspleniaceae) of ferns with simple or compound fronds and elongated sori …   English World dictionary

  • spleenwort — /spleen werrt , wawrt /, n. any of various temperate and tropical ferns of the genera Asplenium and Diplazium, certain species of which are grown as ornamentals. [1570 80; SPLEEN + WORT2] * * * …   Universalium

  • spleenwort — noun Any of a number of types of ferns in the genus Asplenium …   Wiktionary

  • spleenwort — noun a small fern which grows on rocks and walls, formerly used to treat disorders of the spleen. [Genus Asplenium.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • spleenwort — spleen•wort [[t]ˈsplinˌwɜrt, ˌwɔrt[/t]] n. 1) pln any temperate and tropical fern of the genus Asplenium[/ex] 2) pln any of certain ferns of the genus Athyrium[/ex] • Etymology: 1570–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • spleenwort — /ˈsplinwɜt/ (say spleenwert) noun any of various ferns of the genus Asplenium, having linear or oblong sori on the undersurface of the leaf along the acropetal side of an oblique veinlet, as A. flaccidum. {spleen + wort2} …   Australian English dictionary

  • spleenwort — n. any fern of the genus Asplenium, formerly used as a remedy for disorders of the spleen …   Useful english dictionary

  • spleenwort bush — noun : sweet fern 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • black spleenwort — noun spleenwort of Europe and Africa and Asia having pinnate fronds and yielding an astringent • Syn: ↑Asplenium adiantum nigrum • Hypernyms: ↑spleenwort * * * noun : a European spleenwort (Asplenium adiantum nigrum) having foliage that resembles …   Useful english dictionary

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