-phyl·​lum | \ ˈfiləm\

Definition of -phyllum

1 : one having (such) leaves or leaflike parts in generic names of animals Cyathophyllum and especially plants BrachyphyllumPodophyllum
2 plural -phylla\ -​lə\ : leaf mesophyllum
3 : fossil resembling a plant of a (specified) group in generic names Sapindophyllum

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History and Etymology for -phyllum

New Latin, from Greek phyllon leaf

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