polypody

noun
poly·po·dy | \ˈpä-lə-ˌpō-dē \
plural polypodies

Definition of polypody 

: any of a genus (Polypodium) of chiefly epiphytic ferns with creeping rhizomes especially : either of two ferns (P. vulgare of Eurasia and P. virginianum of North America) with relatively narrow entire segments

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First Known Use of polypody

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polypody

Middle English polypodie, from Latin polypodium, from Greek polypodion, from poly- + pod-, pous foot — more at foot

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