One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Chiefly Australian a fern of the genus Marattia (the para or king fern).
2Any of several tropical South American ferns of the genus Solanopteris (family Polypodiaceae), the rhizomes of which contain specialized sacs that are inhabited by ants.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Frederick Bailey (1827–1915).
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