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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FERN

At times they lost the trail, as it was overgrown with fern and berry bush.

She crushed the fern into a rough ball and threw it over the edge of the rock.

Don't you remember, I thought I heard a rustling in the fern, and you laughed at me?

The stuffing is of fern, feathers, mounga, and sundry other matters.

Everything had to be interviewed, from teaspoons to pots of fern.

There are deep gulches here, full of trees and moss and fern.

Grey cliffs appeared; fern and laurel growing in the clefts.

She and Pop—Fern and Sally, too, and their boy-friends—are on the list.

Why the notches of a fern leaf or the stamen of a water lily?

Scrambling up, I promptly let go two or three shots into the fern brake.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English fearn, from Proto-Germanic *farno- (cf. Old Saxon farn, Middle Dutch vaern, Dutch varen, Old High German farn, German Farn), possibly with a sense of "having feathery fronds" and from PIE *por-no-, a root which has yielded words for "feather, wing" (cf. Sanskrit parnam "feather;" Lithuanian papartis "fern;" Russian paporot'; Greek pteris "fern," pteron "feather"), from root *per- (see petition (n.)). The plant's ability to appear as if from nothing accounts for the ancient belief that fern seeds conferred invisibility.

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