lycopodium

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

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

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

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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