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fan fern

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fan fern large Australasian fern with fanlike repeatedly forked fronds; sometimes placed in genus Gleichenia
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Usage

In literature:

A pleasant wind smelling of world-old fern-loam fanned her.
"Lippincott's Magazine, August, 1885" by Various
The May night was as warm as summer, and swinging garlands of ferns and peonies concealed electric fans which were suspended from the ceiling.
"One Man in His Time" by Ellen Glasgow
Bobby was in the act of picking a bracken fern from the hedge with which to fan his face when he heard an alarmed shout.
"'Me and Nobbles'" by Amy Le Feuvre
The waving ferns, fans, and palms are all instinct with animal life.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes
It has brilliant glossy green leaves, fan-shaped and more beautiful than a delicate fern.
"Garden Ornaments" by Mary H. Northend
Windekind laughed and fanned away the cigar-smoke with a fern leaf; but there were tears in Johannes' eyes, though not from the tobacco.
"Little Johannes" by Frederik van Eeden
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In poetry:

Here are no books to be written or read,
But cushions of softest moss instead,
Without a care to cumber;
And fern-leaf fans for the weary head,
Soothing the soul to slumber
"In the Country" by Kate Seymour Maclean

In news:

I am a huge fan of Zach Galifianakis and especially his Funny or Die videos where he interviews celebrities called Between Two Ferns.
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