An·​chis·​tea | \ ˌaŋkiˈstēə, aŋˈkis- \

Definition of Anchistea

in some classifications
: a genus of ferns (family Polypodiaceae) of eastern North America including only the chain fern — compare woodwardia

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First Known Use of Anchistea

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Anchistea

borrowed from New Latin, feminine of an alleged Greek form anchisteós, probably erroneously for anchisté “related, next of kin,” derivative of ánchistos “nearest,” superlative adjectival derivative of anchí “near, close by,” probably the locative of a root noun from the base of ánchein “to squeeze, strangle,” going back to Indo-European *h2emǵh- “narrow, constrict”; genus so named for its close affinity with the genera Woodwardia and Doodia

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“Anchistea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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