Found 2 items, similar to Sweet fern.
English → English
Definition: sweet fern
n 1: mat-forming lithophytic or terrestrial fern with creeping
rootstocks and large pinnatifid fronds found throughout
North America and Europe and Africa and east Asia [syn:
, adder's fern
, wall fern
, golden maidenhair
, golden polypody
, Polypodium vulgare
2: deciduous shrub of eastern North America with sweet scented
fernlike leaves and tiny white flowers [syn: Comptonia peregrina
, Comptonia asplenifolia
English → English
Definition: Sweet fern
, a. [Compar. Sweeter
; superl. Sweetest
swete, swote, sote, AS. sw[=e]te; akin to OFries. sw[=e]te,
OS. sw[=o]ti, D. zoet, G. s["u]ss, OHG. suozi, Icel. s[ae]tr,
s[oe]tr, Sw. s["o]t, Dan. s["o]d, Goth. suts, L. suavis, for
suadvis, Gr. ?, Skr. sv[=a]du sweet, svad, sv[=a]d, to
sweeten. [root]175. Cf. Assuage
1. Having an agreeable taste or flavor such as that of sugar;
saccharine; -- opposed to sour and bitter; as, a sweet
beverage; sweet fruits; sweet oranges.
2. Pleasing to the smell; fragrant; redolent; balmy; as, a
sweet rose; sweet odor; sweet incense.
The breath of these flowers is sweet to me.
3. Pleasing to the ear; soft; melodious; harmonious; as, the
sweet notes of a flute or an organ; sweet music; a sweet
voice; a sweet singer.
To make his English sweet upon his tongue.
A voice sweet, tremulous, but powerful. --Hawthorne.
4. Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; mild and attractive; fair;
as, a sweet face; a sweet color or complexion.
Of hill and valley, rivers, woods, and plains.
5. Fresh; not salt or brackish; as, sweet water. --Bacon.
6. Not changed from a sound or wholesome state. Specifically:
(a) Not sour; as, sweet milk or bread.
(b) Not state; not putrescent or putrid; not rancid; as,
sweet butter; sweet meat or fish.
7. Plaesing to the mind; mild; gentle; calm; amiable;
winning; presuasive; as, sweet manners.
Canst thou bind the sweet influence of Pleiades?
Mildness and sweet reasonableness is the one
established rule of Christian working. --M. Arnold.
Note: Sweet is often used in the formation of self-explaining
compounds; as, sweet-blossomed, sweet-featured,
sweet-smelling, sweet-tempered, sweet-toned, etc.
. (Bot.) See Alyssum
(a) Any apple of sweet flavor.
(b) See Sweet-top
(a) The laurel (laurus nobilis
(b) Swamp sassafras.
(Bot.), a plant of the genus Passiflora
) growing in the West Indies, and
producing a roundish, edible fruit, the size of an apple.
(a) Either of the North American plants of the
umbelliferous genus Osmorrhiza
having aromatic roots
and seeds, and white flowers. --Gray.
(b) A plant of the genus Myrrhis
, or Sweet cane
. (Bot.) Same as Sweet flag
(Bot.), an evergreen shrub (Cistus Ladanum
from which the gum ladanum is obtained.
. (Bot.) See Melilot
(Bot.), a kind of butterbur (Petasites sagittata
) found in Western North America.
(Bot.), a variety of the maize of a sweet taste.
See the Note under Corn
(Bot.), a small North American shrub (Comptonia asplenifolia
syn. Myrica asplenifolia
sweet-scented or aromatic leaves resembling fern leaves.
(Bot.), an endogenous plant (Acorus Calamus
having long flaglike leaves and a rootstock of a pungent
aromatic taste. It is found in wet places in Europe and
America. See Calamus
(Bot.), a shrub (Myrica Gale
) having bitter
fragrant leaves; -- also called sweet willow
, and Dutch myrtle
. See 5th Gale
(Bot.), holy, or Seneca, grass.
(Bot.), an American tree (Liquidambar styraciflua
). See Liquidambar
, fragrant herbs cultivated for culinary
(Bot.), a variety of the sweet William.
(Bot.), horse sugar. See under Horse
. (Bot.) See Marjoram
(Zo["o]l.), the pine marten.
(Bot.), a composite plant (Achillea Ageratum
) allied to milfoil.
, olive oil.
. (Bot.) See under Pea
. (Bot.) See under Potato
(Bot.), sweet flag.
Sweet spirits of niter
(Med. Chem.) See Spirit of nitrous ether
, under Spirit
(Bot.), an annual composite plant (Centaurea moschata
), also, the yellow-flowered (C. odorata
called also sultan flower
, an especial fondness for sweet things or for
(a) (Bot.) A species of pink (Dianthus barbatus
) of many
(b) (Zo["o]l.) The willow warbler.
(c) (Zo["o]l.) The European goldfinch; -- called also
. [Prov. Eng.]
(Bot.), sweet gale.
. See Dry wine
, under Dry
To be sweet on
, to have a particular fondness for, or
special interest in, as a young man for a young woman.
Syn: Sugary; saccharine; dulcet; luscious.