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phyllody

[ fil-uh-dee ]
/ ˈfɪl ə di /
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noun Botany.
the abnormal transformation of a floral structure into a foliage leaf.
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Origin of phyllody

First recorded in 1885–90; phyllode + -y3
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How to use phyllody in a sentence

  • 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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