phyllody

noun phyl·lo·dy \ˈfilədē, -di\

Definition of phyllody

plural

-es

  1. :  metamorphosis of a specialized plant organ (as a flower petal) into a foliage leaf (as by the action of a virus)

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of phyllody

International Scientific Vocabulary phyll- + -ody


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up phyllody? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

Get Word of the Day daily email!