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Noun: sweet fern  sweet furn
  1. Mat-forming lithophytic or terrestrial fern with creeping rootstocks and large pinnatifid fronds found throughout North America and Europe and Africa and east Asia
    - common polypody, adder's fern, wall fern, golden maidenhair, golden polypody, Polypodium vulgare
  2. Deciduous shrub of eastern North America with sweet scented fernlike leaves and tiny white flowers
    - Comptonia peregrina, Comptonia asplenifolia

Derived forms: sweet ferns

Type of: bush, polypody, shrub

Part of: Comptonia, genus Comptonia

Encyclopedia: Sweet fern