Al·​soph·​i·​la | \ alˈsäfələ \

Definition of Alsophila

1 : a large genus of tree ferns (family Cyatheaceae) found in tropical mountainous regions having ample finely divided fronds bearing naked sori
2 alsophila plural alsophilas : a fern of the genus Alsophila
3 : a genus of geometrid moths having wingless females and green-striped larvae that are loopers and include the common destructive fall cankerworm

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First Known Use of Alsophila

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Alsophila

New Latin, from Greek alsos grove + New Latin -phila; akin to Greek aldēskein to grow

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“Alsophila.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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