noun Al·soph·i·la \alˈsäfələ\

Definition of Alsophila

  1. 1 :  a large genus of tree ferns (family Cyatheaceae) found in tropical mountainous regions having ample finely divided fronds bearing naked sori

  2. 2 alsophila plural alsophilas :  a fern of the genus Alsophila

  3. 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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Origin and Etymology of alsophila

New Latin, from Greek alsos grove + New Latin -phila; akin to Greek aldēskein to grow — more at old

First Known Use: 1830

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