Phyl·​lod·​o·​ce | \ fə̇ˈlädəˌsē \

Definition of Phyllodoce

1 : a small genus of arctic and alpine shrubs (family Ericaceae) with linear evergreen leaves and nodding umbellate flowers having an ovoid pink, blue, or purple corolla — see mountain heath
2 : a genus of polychaete worms that is the type of the family Phyllodocidae

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History and Etymology for Phyllodoce

New Latin, from Latin Phyllodoce, one of the Nereids

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“Phyllodoce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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