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Nephrolepis pectinata


a tropical American fern cultivated for its finely divided grayish-green foliage; West Indies and southern Mexico to Peru and Brazil


plant noun (plants and fungi)




Nephrolepis pectinata*
(* Nephrolepis pectinata may be used in a singular or plural context)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet


basket fern | toothed sword fern | N. pectinata [abbreviation, species]

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Random House Dictionary:

basket fern | Nephrolepis pectinata [species]

a small, compact fern of tropical America, often grown in hanging baskets. (12 of 16 words)



Drynaria | basket ferns

a genus of ferns in the family Polypodiaceae. It contains around 16 species and one natural hybrid. Basket ferns are epiphytic or epipetric and are native to tropical Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and Oceania. Some species... (40 of 3740 words, 10 images)


American Heritage Dictionary:

sword fern | Nephrolepis [genus]

Any of various ferns of the genus "Nephrolepis", including the Boston fern, having bipinnately compound fronds and sori at the vein tips. (22 of 25 words)


Collins Dictionary:

sword fern

any of numerous ferns having sword-shaped fronds (7 of 194 words)



sword fern | Nephrolepis exaltata [species]

any of several ferns with long narrow more or less sword-shaped fronds: as ; a tropical fern from which the Boston fern has been developed ; a fern ... (28 of 58 words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

sword fern

a fern with long, slender fronds.; Genera Polystichum and Nephrolepis, family Dryopteridaceae: several species, including the North American P. ... (19 of 45 words)


New World Dictionary:

sword fern [United States]

any of various ferns with sword-shaped leaves; especially, a giant fern (Nephrolepis biserrata) of southern Florida, with pinnate leaves (19 of 20 words)


Encarta Dictionary:

sword fern | sword ferns [plural] | Nephrolepis exaltata [species]

a fern with long fronds shaped like swords, e.g. the variety from which the Boston fern was developed. (18 of 35 words)

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