a bright-green fern, Dryopteris filix-mas, of Europe and northeastern North America.
a fern, Dryopteris filix-mas, having scaly stalks and pinnate fronds with kidney-shaped spore-producing bodies on the underside: family Polypodiaceae
[muh-lef-ik] /məˈlɛf ɪk/ adjective 1. productive of evil; malign; doing harm; baneful: a malefic spell. adj. 1650s, from Latin maleficus “wicked, vicious, criminal,” from male “ill” (see mal-) + -ficus, from stem of facere “to make, do” (see factitious).
[muh-lef-uh-suh ns] /məˈlɛf ə səns/ noun 1. the doing of evil or harm: the maleficence of thieves. 2. the quality or state of being or harmful. n. 1590s, from Middle French maleficence or directly from Latin maleficentia “evildoing, mischievousness, injury,” from maleficus “wicked” (see malefic). Now largely displaced by malfeasance.
[muh-lef-uh-suh nt] /məˈlɛf ə sənt/ adjective 1. doing evil or harm; harmfully malicious: maleficent destroyers of reputations. /məˈlɛfɪsənt/ adjective 1. causing or capable of producing evil or mischief; harmful or baleful adj. 1670s, from Latin maleficent-, altered stem of maleficus (see malefic).
[mah-luh-goun] /ˌmɑ ləˈgaʊn/ noun 1. a city in NW Maharashtra state in W India.