Polytrichum

noun

Po·​lyt·​ri·​chum
-kəm
: a large genus (the type of the family Polytrichaceae) of mosses chiefly of temperate and arctic regions see haircap moss

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin polytrichon goldenhair, from Greek, maidenhair, from neuter of polytrichos very hairy

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“Polytrichum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Polytrichum. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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