lycopodium

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noun ly·co·po·di·um \ˌlī-kə-ˈpō-dē-əm\

Definition of lycopodium

  1. 1 :  any of a large genus (Lycopodium) of erect or creeping club mosses with reduced or scalelike evergreen leaves

  2. 2 :  a fine yellowish flammable powder composed of lycopodium spores and used especially in pharmacy

Origin and Etymology of lycopodium

New Latin, from Greek lykos wolf + podion, diminutive of pod-, pous foot — more at foot


First Known Use: circa 1706


Medical Dictionary

lycopodium

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noun ly·co·po·di·um \ˌlī-kə-ˈpōd-ē-əm\

Medical Definition of lycopodium

  1. 1a capitalized :  a large genus of erect or creeping club mosses with reduced or scalelike evergreen leavesb:  any club moss of the genus Lycopodium

  2. 2:  a fine yellowish flammable powder composed of lycopodium spores and used as a dusting powder for the skin and for the surface of hand-rolled pills


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