Definition of Polystictus
in some classifications
: a large genus of pore fungi (family Polyporaceae) having leathery often showy annual sporophores, growing on and causing decay of wood (as timbers or wounds of trees), and being now divided among several distinct genera
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Origin and Etymology of polystictus
New Latin, from Greek polystiktos much-spotted, from poly- much (from polys much, many) + stiktos spotted, pricked, verbal of stizein to prick
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