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MOONWORT

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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 807 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MOONWORT, or MOON-FERN, in botany, the popular name of a small fern (Botrychium Lunaria), belonging to the order Ophioglossaceae (see FERNS). It has a tuberous root-stock and a stout fleshy glabrous frond 3 to 6 in. long, with a sterile and fertile portion; the former bears several pairs of close-set, semi-circular or moon-shaped pinnae, the latter
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