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[fil-uh-dee] /ˈfɪl ə di/
noun, Botany.
the abnormal transformation of a floral structure into a foliage leaf.
Origin of phyllody
First recorded in 1885-90; phyllode + -y3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • phyllody of the stamens happens less frequently than the corresponding condition in the neighbouring organs.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • Some of the above are probably cases of mere virescence rather than of phyllody.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • Many of these cases, and others that might be cited, are probably instances of frondescence or phyllody (see p. 241).

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

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