oak fern

oak fern
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ohk furn]
    • /oʊk fɜrn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ohk furn]
    • /oʊk fɜrn/

Definitions of oak fern words

  • noun oak fern a small woodland fern, Gymnocarpium dryopteris, of northern regions, having triangular, pinnate fronds that slant horizontally. 1
  • noun oak fern a graceful light green polypody fern, Thelypteris dryopteris, having a creeping rhizome, found in acid woodlands and on rocks in the northern hemisphere 0

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Origin of oak fern

First appearance:

before 1540
One of the 30% oldest English words
1540-50; translation of Latin dryopteris < Greek dryopterís, equivalent to dryo- (combining form of drŷs oak) + ptéris fern

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Parts of speech for Oak fern


oak fern popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 48% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 61% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

oak fern usage trend in Literature

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