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[pol-ee-poh-dee] /ˈpɒl iˌpoʊ di/
noun, plural polypodies.
any fern of the genus Polypodium, as P. vulgare, having creeping rootstocks, deeply pinnatifid evergreen fronds, and round, naked sori.
Origin of polypody
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English polypodye < Latin polypodion < Greek polypódion (> New Latin Polypodium); see poly-, -pod, -ium Unabridged
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  • The form of the polypody is strangely interesting, it is even outlandish.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • If hair fall off, boil the polypody fern and foment the head with that so warm.

    The Old English Herbals Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
  • The walls were all full of rue, and polypody, and crane's-bill—a growth of years—which no one was allowed to touch.

    Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3) Mary Elizabeth Carter
  • It took the name of polypody from its jagged leaves, upon which the seeds or spores appear in bright orange spots.

  • To any of these pastes you may add "assafœtida, oil of polypody of the oak, oil of ivy, or oil of Peter."

  • The great round fruit-dots of the polypody show distinctly through the fronds as they stand erect in the sunlight.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • Later in the season the curled pinn of the polypody seem to be making the best of cold weather.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • "The cheerful community of the polypody," as Thoreau calls it, thrives best on the flat surfaces of rocks.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • He plucked a few of the ferns growing in the spray and discoursed on them, comparing them with the common European polypody.

    Poison Island Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
  • The polypody ferns, being evergreen, look very well too, and will thrive facing all four points of the compass.

    Small Gardens Violet Purton Biddle
British Dictionary definitions for polypody


noun (pl) -dies
any of various ferns of the genus Polypodium, esp P. vulgare, having deeply divided leaves and round naked sori: family Polypodiaceae
any fern of the family Polypodiaceae, all having opaque leaves that are divided in most species
Word Origin
C15: from Latin polypodium, from Greek, from poly- + pous foot
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