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phyllody

[fil-uh-dee]
noun Botany.
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for phyllody

Historical Examples

  • 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