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An eastern North American evergreen fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) having pinnate leaves and dense clusters of lance-shaped fronds.
[So called because the fronds remain green in winter and were formerly much used as Christmas decorations.]
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|Noun||1.||Christmas fern - North American evergreen fern having pinnate leaves and dense clusters of lance-shaped fronds|
fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
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