polypody

noun
poly·​po·​dy | \ ˈpä-lə-ˌpō-dē How to pronounce polypody (audio) \
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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“Polypody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polypody. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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