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

  Osmund \Os"mund\, n. (Bot.)
     A fern of the genus Osmunda, or flowering fern. The most
     remarkable species is the osmund royal, or royal fern
     ({Osmunda regalis), which grows in wet or boggy places, and
     has large bipinnate fronds, often with a panicle of capsules
     at the top. The rootstock contains much starch, and has been
     used in stiffening linen.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Royal \Roy"al\, a. [OE. roial, riall, real, OF. roial. reial, F.
     royal, fr. L. regalis, fr. rex, regis, king. See Rich, and
     cf. regal, real a coin, Rial.]
     1. Kingly; pertaining to the crown or the sovereign; suitable
        for a king or queen; regal; as, royal power or
        prerogative; royal domains; the royal family; royal state.
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     2. Noble; generous; magnificent; princely.
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              How doth that royal merchant, good Antonio? --Shak.
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     3. Under the patronage of royality; holding a charter granted
        by the sovereign; as, the Royal Academy of Arts; the Royal
        Society.
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     Battle royal. See under Battle.
  
     Royal+bay+(Bot.),+the+classic+laurel+({Laurus+nobilis">Royal bay (Bot.), the classic laurel ({Laurus nobilis.)
  
     Royal eagle. (Zool.) See Golden eagle, under Golden.
  
     Royal fern (Bot.), the handsome fern Osmunda regalis. See
        Osmund.
  
     Royal mast (Naut.), the mast next above the topgallant mast
        and usually the highest on a square-rigged vessel. The
        royal yard and royal sail are attached to the royal mast.
        
  
     Royal metal, an old name for gold.
  
     Royal palm (Bot.), a magnificent West Indian palm tree
        ({Oreodoxa regia), lately discovered also in Florida.
  
     Royal pheasant. See Curassow.
  
     Royal purple, an intense violet color, verging toward blue.
        
  
     Royal tern (Zool.), a large, crested American tern ({Sterna
        maxima).
  
     Royal tiger. (Zool.) See Tiger.
  
     Royal touch, the touching of a diseased person by the hand
        of a king, with the view of restoring to health; --
        formerly extensively practiced, particularly for the
        scrofula, or king's evil.
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     Syn: Kingly; regal; monarchical; imperial; kinglike;
          princely; august; majestic; superb; splendid;
          illustrious; noble; magnanimous.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  royal fern
      n 1: large deeply rooted fern of worldwide distribution with
           upright bipinnate compound tufted fronds [syn: royal
           fern, royal osmund, king fern, ditch fern, French
           bracken, Osmunda regalis]

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