Open main menu

Wiktionary β

See also: Fern

Contents

EnglishEdit

 
A fern.

EtymologyEdit

From Old English fearn, from Proto-Germanic *farną (compare Dutch varen, German Farn), from Proto-Indo-European *pornóm (wing, feather). Cognate with Lithuanian spar̃nas, Albanian fier (fern), Avestan 𐬀𐬥𐬆𐬭𐬀𐬞 (parəna, feather), Sanskrit पर्ण (parṇá, feather).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

fern (plural ferns)

  1. Any of a group of some twenty thousand species of vascular plants classified in the division Pteridophyta that lack seeds and reproduce by shedding spores to initiate an alternation of generations.

SynonymsEdit

Derived termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

AnagramsEdit


GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German ferrana.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

fern (comparative ferner, superlative am fernsten)

  1. remote
  2. far away

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit


IcelandicEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the root fer-. Compare tvennur, þrennur.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

fern

  1. four (used when counting singular nouns, pluralia tantum or groupings (especially pairs) of items, or when the item counted is missing from the sentence or separated by the preposition af (“of”))
    fernir skórfour pairs of shoes
    fernir tónleikarfour concerts (tónleikar is plurale tantum)
    Þetta má gera á fernan hátt. – This can be done in four ways. (háttur cannot be used in its plural form in this sense)
    Það er fernt sem mig vantar. – There are four [things] that I need. (noun omitted)
    Ég vil fá fernt af öllu. – I want four of everything.

InflectionEdit

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit


Old IrishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Celtic *wernā (compare Welsh gwern). Cognate with Old Armenian գերան (geran).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

fern f

  1. alder
  2. shield (made of alder wood)
  3. pole, stake
  4. the letter F

InflectionEdit

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Derived termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

MutationEdit

Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
fern ḟern fern
pronounced with /v(ʲ)-/
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Old SaxonEdit

NounEdit

fern m

  1. Alternative form of infern