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English noun: fiddlehead

1. fiddlehead (plant) tall fern of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes

SynonymsMatteuccia struthiopteris, Onoclea struthiopteris, ostrich fern, Pteretis struthiopteris, shuttlecock fern

Broader (hypernym)fern

Member meronymgenus Matteuccia, genus Pteretis, Matteuccia, Pteretis

2. fiddlehead (plant) New World fern having woolly cinnamon-colored spore-bearing fronds in early spring later surrounded by green fronds; the early uncurling fronds are edible

Synonymscinnamon fern, fiddlehead fern, Osmunda cinnamonea

Broader (hypernym)flowering fern, osmund

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