Pronunciation Noun

fern (plural ferns)

  1. Any of a group of some twenty thousand species of vascular plants classified in the division Pteridophyta that lack seeds and reproduce by shedding spores to initiate an alternation of generations.
  • (Pteridophyta) Filicophyta (archaic)
  • (RP) IPA: /fɜːn/
  • (America) IPA: /fɝːn/
Proper noun
  1. A female given name from the fern plant.
    • 1952, E. B. White, Charlotte's Web
      "Charlotte is the best storyteller I ever heard," said Fern, poking her dish towel into a cereal bowl.

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