lycopodium

noun

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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lycopodium was circa 1706

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Cite this Entry

“Lycopodium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lycopodium. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

lycopodium

noun

ly·​co·​po·​di·​um ˌlī-kə-ˈpōd-ē-əm How to pronounce lycopodium (audio)
: any of a large genus of club mosses that grow upward or creep on the ground and have small or scalelike evergreen leaves

Medical Definition

lycopodium

noun

ly·​co·​po·​di·​um ˌlī-kə-ˈpōd-ē-əm How to pronounce lycopodium (audio)
1
a
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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