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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [furn]
    • /fɜrn/
    • /fɜːn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [furn]
    • /fɜrn/

Definitions of fern word

  • noun fern a female given name. 1
  • noun fern A flowerless plant that has feathery or leafy fronds and reproduces by spores released from the undersides of the fronds. Ferns have a vascular system for the transport of water and nutrients. 1
  • noun fern plant with fronds 1
  • variable noun fern A fern is a plant that has long stems with feathery leaves and no flowers. There are many types of fern. 0
  • noun fern any tracheophyte plant of the phylum Filicinophyta, having roots, stems, and fronds and reproducing by spores formed in structures (sori) on the fronds 0
  • noun fern any of certain similar but unrelated plants, such as the sweet fern 0

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Origin of fern

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English ferne, Old English fearn; cognate with German Farn fern, Sanskrit parná feather

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Parts of speech for Fern


fern popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for fern

noun fern

  • thicket — a thick or dense growth of shrubs, bushes, or small trees; a thick coppice.
  • scrub — to rub hard with a brush, cloth, etc., or against a rough surface in washing.
  • shrubbery — a planting of shrubs: He hit the croquet ball into the shrubbery.
  • undergrowth — low-lying vegetation or small trees growing beneath larger trees; underbrush.
  • groveSir George, 1820–1900, English musicologist.

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