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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. tall fern of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes;
[syn: ostrich fern, shuttlecock fern, fiddlehead, Matteuccia struthiopteris, Pteretis struthiopteris, Onoclea struthiopteris]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

fiddlehead \fid"dle*head`\ n. 1. any of several tall ferns of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes. Syn: ostrich fern, shuttlecock fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris, Pteretis struthiopteris, Onoclea struthiopteris. [WordNet 1.5] 2. New World fern (Osmunda cinnamonea) having woolly cinnamon-colored spore-bearing fronds in early spring later surrounded by green fronds, called also fiddlehead fern; the early uncurling fronds are edible, and sometimes considered as a vegetable delicacy. Syn: cinnamon fern, fiddlehead fern, Osmunda cinnamonea. [WordNet 1.5] 3. (Naut.) an ornament on a ship's bow, curved like the volute or scroll at the head of a violin. Sometimes it serves the function of a billhead. [1913 Webster +PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

Pteretis struthiopteris n 1: tall fern of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes [syn: ostrich fern, shuttlecock fern, fiddlehead, Matteuccia struthiopteris, Pteretis struthiopteris, Onoclea struthiopteris]