plural phyllopodia\ -​dēə \

Definition of phyllopodium

1 : a primordial leaf or leaf axis : a leaf in the undifferentiated state — compare epipodium
2a chiefly British : the basal portion of a mature leaf which is sometimes inconspicuous or absent or modified into a sheath (as in grasses)
b : a stem or axis made up of the expanded and fused bases of leaves

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New Latin, from phyll- + -podium

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“Phyllopodium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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