lycopodium

noun
ly·​co·​po·​di·​um | \ ˌlī-kə-ˈpō-dē-əm How to pronounce lycopodium (audio) \

Definition of lycopodium

1 : any of a large genus (Lycopodium) of erect or creeping club mosses with reduced or scalelike evergreen leaves
2 : a fine yellowish flammable powder composed of lycopodium spores and used especially in pharmacy

First Known Use of lycopodium

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lycopodium

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

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“Lycopodium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lycopodium. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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lycopodium

noun
ly·​co·​po·​di·​um | \ ˌlī-kə-ˈpōd-ē-əm How to pronounce lycopodium (audio) \

Medical Definition of lycopodium

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