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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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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