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Definition of "sweet-fern" []

  • A fragrant shrub, Myrica (Comptonia) asplenifolia. Its leaves, which are fern-like in aspect, contain 9 or 10 per cent. of tannin. See Comptonia. (noun)
  • The European sweet cicely, Myrrhis odorata, which has leaves dissected like those of a fern. (noun)

The Century Dictionary (Public Domain)

Use "sweet-fern" in a sentence
  • "I have not heard so much as a locust over the sweet-fern these three hours."
  • "Smaller plants are mostly grasses, lowbush blueberry, and sweet-fern."
  • "Squirrels chased each other along the branches of the oaks, and the air was filled with fragrant odors of hickory-leaves, sweet-fern, and spice-wood."