any erect or creeping, mosslike, evergreen plant of the genus Lycopodium, as the club moss or ground pine.

Also ly·co·po·di·um [lahy-kuh-poh-dee-uh m] /ˌlaɪ kəˈpoʊ di əm/.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lycopodium

Historical Examples of lycopodium

  • Every one of them prescribed Lycopodium Pollen, which was the indicated remedy.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for lycopodium



any club moss of the genus Lycopodium, resembling moss but having vascular tissue and spore-bearing cones: family LycopodiaceaeSee also ground pine (def. 2)

Word Origin for lycopodium

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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