from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A curved, scroll-like ornamentation at the top of a ship's bow that resembles the neck of a violin.
- n. Botany The coiled young frond of any of various ferns, some of which are considered a delicacy when cooked. Also called crosier.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The scroll-shaped decoration at the tip of a fiddle.
- n. The furled fronds of a young fern harvested for food consumption.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See fiddle head in the vocabulary.
- n. any of several tall ferns of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes.
- n. New World fern (Osmunda cinnamonea) having woolly cinnamon-colored spore-bearing fronds in early spring later surrounded by green fronds, called also fiddlehead fern; the early uncurling fronds are edible, and sometimes considered as a vegetable delicacy.
- n. an ornament on a ship's bow, curved like the volute or scroll at the head of a violin. Sometimes it serves the function of a billhead.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, an ornament at the bow of a ship, over the cutwater, consisting of carved work in the form of a volute or scroll, resembling somewhat that at the head of a violin.
- n. plural The crozier-like uncoiling young fronds of the cinnamon-fern, Osmunda cinnamomea: so named from their fancied resemblance to the carved head of a violin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. New World fern having woolly cinnamon-colored spore-bearing fronds in early spring later surrounded by green fronds; the early uncurling fronds are edible
- n. tall fern of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes
fiddle + head (Wiktionary)