1. Proper noun.  (given name, female) from the fern plant.
  2. Noun.  Any of a group of some twenty thousand species of vascular plants classified in the Division ''Pteridophyta'' (formerly known by some as ''Filicophyta'') that lacks seeds and reproduces by shedding spores to initiate an alternation of generations.

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