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[lahy-kuh-pod] /ˈlaɪ kəˌpɒd/
any erect or creeping, mosslike, evergreen plant of the genus Lycopodium, as the club moss or ground pine.
Also, lycopodium
[lahy-kuh-poh-dee-uh m] /ˌlaɪ kəˈpoʊ di əm/ (Show IPA)
Origin of lycopod
1700-10; < New Latin lycopodium, equivalent to Greek lýk(os) wolf + -o- -o- + New Latin -podium -podium; allegedly so named from the claw-like shape of the root Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lycopodium
Historical Examples
  • Every one of them prescribed lycopodium Pollen, which was the indicated remedy.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
  • First of all we may consider the five species of lycopodium.

    How to Know the Ferns S. Leonard Bastin
  • The species known as lycopodium selago is rare in comparison to the other.

  • There is not a lycopodium in the world now, I believe, five feet high.

    Town Geology Charles Kingsley
  • lycopodium dust is specially suitable, for its granules are remarkably equal in size.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • The Dwarf-cypress moss (lycopodium complanatum) is rather plentiful hereabouts, and is used for dyeing yarn.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • The fine powder known in commerce under this name consists of the minute spores of the common club moss, or lycopodium clavatum.

  • According to M. Paul Cazeneuve, pine pollen is occasionally substituted for lycopodium.

  • All difficulty of removing suppositories from the mould may be obviated by having the moulds previously dusted with lycopodium.

  • Andromeda with leaves like a lycopodium, and a white, half-ovate, half-five-cleft flower.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
British Dictionary definitions for lycopodium


any club moss of the genus Lycopodium, resembling moss but having vascular tissue and spore-bearing cones: family Lycopodiaceae See also ground pine (sense 2)
Word Origin
C18: New Latin, from Greek, from lukos wolf + pous foot


another name for a club moss, esp one of the genus Lycopodium
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