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Noun: fiddlehead  'fi-d(u)l,hed
  1. Tall fern of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes
    - ostrich fern, shuttlecock fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris, Pteretis struthiopteris, Onoclea struthiopteris
  2. New World fern having woolly cinnamon-coloured spore-bearing fronds in early spring later surrounded by green fronds; the early uncurling fronds are edible
    - cinnamon fern, fiddlehead fern, Osmunda cinnamonea

Derived forms: fiddleheads

Type of: fern, flowering fern, osmund

Part of: genus Matteuccia, genus Pteretis, Matteuccia, Pteretis

Encyclopedia: Fiddlehead