One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1North American The young, curled, edible frond of certain ferns.
- ‘Many of the ideas presented are on the cutting edge and deal with anything from abstract concepts to fiddlehead ferns, from a number to numeral, from software to the nuts and bolts of a computer.’
- ‘The cuisine at Fox Harb'r is much more elegant: sea urchin caviar, butternut squash soup, free-range chicken stuffed with fiddlehead.’
- ‘Its primary biological meaning was then, and in some contexts continues to be, an unfolding, as in the unfolding of an organism from a fertilized egg or the unfolding of a fern from a fiddlehead.’
- ‘Never mind that the Maine ‘peanut’ fetches pennies on the dollar compared with the mighty Idaho #1 Russett Burbank, but they'd probably be better off sticking to fiddleheads.’
- ‘The commonly eaten fiddleheads in eastern North America are those of ostrich fern, a native woodland plant.’
- ‘Firm fronds open from coppery pink fiddleheads - golden green in youth, developing to rich, dark, glossy green.’
- ‘The supermarkets serve as my seasonal barometer, with offerings of Alberta spring lamb, fiddlehead greens and asparagus - even if most of it comes from Mexico right now.’
- ‘The snapper was equally good when served with flat beans in lemon oil, or with asparagus and fiddlehead ferns; the same went for the halibut, first dressed with brash rapini, then with braised spring onions.’
- ‘If you look to the right of the photo, above the flytraps, you can see something that looks like a fern fiddlehead unrolling.’
- ‘So if you've ever wondered what, exactly, cooks do with fiddlehead ferns (boil briefly, then treat like asparagus) or what that thing that looks like a rough-skinned lemon is (a citron, probably), you'll find the answers here.’
- ‘For some Lake Superior Ojibwe tribal members, this season means the preparation of meals using wild greens such as bagwaji zhigaagawinzhig (wild onion), waabigoniin, and waagaag (fiddlehead fern).’
- ‘Ferns are typified by leaves that unfold from coiled buds - the fiddleheads.’
- ‘These are fiddleheads, the young shoots of the ostrich fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris, and the cinnamon fern, Osmunda cinnamonum.’
- ‘Pasta of course presents its own challenges, and a number of ingredients such as fiddlehead ferns or a whole pig's head may not be that easy for readers to lay their hands on.’
- ‘Lauren chose the fritto misto with prawns and fiddlehead ferns.’
- ‘Quietly we picked fiddlehead ferns and watercress.’
- ‘Christmas fern and soft shield fern (P. setiferum) remain green; the fiddleheads of many ferns emerge early from the winter ground.’
- ‘Some of the more unique items include fiddleheads and yellow tomatoes.’
- ‘From there, you can hike an easy 2.3 miles past patches of yellow trout lilies, fiddlehead ferns and pink Himalayan jewel-weed to the five-stage Fuller Falls.’
- ‘Along the garage the fiddleheads of the ferns are up.’
2A scroll-like carving at a ship's bow.
- ‘A gilt fiddlehead did you say--eh?’
- ‘The head of the ship usually was finished off as a scrollhead or a fiddlehead.’
Late 18th century: from the resemblance to the head of a violin.
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