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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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fernfern /fɜːn $ fɜːrn/ noun [countable]  HBPa type of plant with green leaves shaped like large feathers, but no flowersferny adjective
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fernHairy tongues like fat black ferns spilled out of them, shivering in the draught of their passing.I let myself out through the side gate and washed my fingers off on a faucet beside the Boston ferns.And there are people who leave the track while trying to gather a few ferns.In general, ferns like organically enriched, moist but well-draining soil on the acid side.The air smelled of the black soil brought down from the mountains to make Tia Mimi s giant ferns grow tall.And if you have partial sun, holly fern would be a good choice, as would dwarf gardenias.Several rare ferns grow on the steep banks of the burn where it runs into the lake.Description: This aquatic water fern is a rosette plant which has dense, fibrous roots.
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