club moss


Definition of club moss

: any of an order (Lycopodiales) of primitive vascular plants (such as ground pine) often with the sporangia borne in club-shaped strobili

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Recent Examples on the Web But during the Carboniferous period, which stretched from about 360 to 300 million years ago, the region was a subtropical swamp dominated by lycopids, giant relatives of today’s club mosses that could grow over a hundred feet tall. Tim Vernimmen, National Geographic, "Prehistoric parenting goes back even further than we thought," 23 Dec. 2019 Flowers had not evolved, and the ground was dominated by primitive plants called lycopods (ancestors of club mosses and quillworts). Sarah Kaplan,, "Meet the 240-million-year-old 'mother of all lizards'," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of club moss

1597, in the meaning defined above

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“Club moss.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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Medical Definition of club moss

: any of an order (Lycopodiales) of primitive vascular plants including several (genus Lycopodium) whose spores are used as a dusting powder and to coat pills

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