tree fern

tree fern
tree fern
any of various tropical, treelike ferns (esp. genera Cyathea, Alsophila, and Hemitelia) with an elongated, woody trunk bearing fronds at the top

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  • Tree fern — Tree Tree (tr[=e]), n. [OE. tree, tre, treo, AS. tre[ o], tre[ o]w, tree, wood; akin to OFries. tr[=e], OS. treo, trio, Icel. tr[=e], Dan. tr[ae], Sw. tr[ a], tr[ a]d, Goth. triu, Russ. drevo, W. derw an oak, Ir. darag, darog, Gr. dry^s a tree,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tree fern — ► NOUN ▪ a large palm like fern with a trunk like stem …   English terms dictionary

  • tree fern — tree′ fern n. pln any of various mostly tropical ferns, chiefly of the family Cyatheaceae, that attain the size of trees • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • tree fern — noun any of numerous usually tropical ferns having a thick woody stem or caudex and a crown of large fronds; found especially in Australia and New Zealand; chiefly of the families Cyatheaceae and Marattiaceae but some from Polypodiaceae •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tree fern — /ˈtri fɜn/ (say tree fern) noun any fern, as of the family Cyatheaceae, which attains the size of a tree, sending up a straight trunk like stem with foliage at the summit. Also, Chiefly Tasmania, man fern …  

  • tree fern — any of various ferns, mostly tropical and chiefly of the family Cyatheaceae, that attain the size of trees, sending up a straight trunklike stem with foliage at the summit. [1840 50] * * * Any of various ferns (especially those of the families… …   Universalium

  • tree fern — noun a large palm like fern with a trunk like stem. [Cyathea, Dicksonia, and other genera.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • tree fern — noun (C) a large tropical fern …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • tree fern —   See fern …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • tree fern — noun Date: 1830 any of various ferns (especially families Cyatheaceae and Dicksoniaceae) of arborescent habit with a woody stem …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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