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polypody

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noun poly·po·dy \ˈpä-lə-ˌpō-dē\

Definition of polypody

plural polypodies

  1. :  any of a genus (Polypodium) of chiefly epiphytic ferns with creeping rhizomes; especially :  either of two ferns (P. vulgare of Eurasia and P. virginianum of North America) with relatively narrow entire segments



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Origin of polypody

Middle English polypodie, from Latin polypodium, from Greek polypodion, from poly- + pod-, pous foot — more at foot


First Known Use: 14th century


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