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 for Christmas fern
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Christmas \Christ"mas\, n. [Christ + mass.]
     An annual church festival (December 25) and in some States a
     legal holiday, in memory of the birth of Christ, often
     celebrated by a particular church service, and also by
     special gifts, greetings, and hospitality.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Christmas box.
     (a) A box in which presents are deposited at Christmas.
     (b) A present or small gratuity given to young people and
         servants at Christmas; a Christmas gift.
  
     Christmas carol, a carol sung at, or suitable for,
        Christmas.
  
     Christmas day. Same as Christmas.
  
     Christmas eve, the evening before Christmas.
  
     Christmas fern (Bot.), an evergreen North American fern
        ({Aspidium acrostichoides), which is much used for
        decoration in winter.
  
     Christmas flower, Christmas rose, the black hellebore, a
        poisonous plant of the buttercup family, which in Southern
        Europe often produces beautiful roselike flowers
        midwinter.
  
     Christmas tree, a small evergreen tree, set up indoors, to
        be decorated with bonbons, presents, etc., and illuminated
        on Christmas eve.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fern \Fern\ (f[~e]rn), n. [AS. fearn; akin to D. varen, G. farn,
     farnkraut; cf. Skr. par[.n]a wing, feather, leaf, sort of
     plant, or Lith. papartis fern.] (Bot.)
     An order of cryptogamous plants, the Filices, which have
     their fructification on the back of the fronds or leaves.
     They are usually found in humid soil, sometimes grow
     epiphytically on trees, and in tropical climates often attain
     a gigantic size.
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     Note: The plants are asexual, and bear clustered sporangia,
           containing minute spores, which germinate and form
           prothalli, on which are borne the true organs of
           reproduction. The brake or bracken, the maidenhair, and
           the polypody are all well known ferns.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     Christmas fern. See under Christmas.
  
     Climbing fern (Bot.), a delicate North American fern
        ({Lygodium palmatum), which climbs several feet high over
        bushes, etc., and is much sought for purposes of
        decoration.
  
     Fern owl. (Zool.)
     (a) The European goatsucker.
     (b) The short-eared owl. [Prov. Eng.] -- Fern shaw, a fern
        thicket. [Eng.] --R. Browning.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Christmas fern
      n 1: North American evergreen fern having pinnate leaves and
           dense clusters of lance-shaped fronds [syn: Christmas
           fern, canker brake, dagger fern, evergreen wood
           fern, Polystichum acrostichoides]

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