noun, plural pol·y·po·dies.

any fern of the genus Polypodium, as P. vulgare, having creeping rootstocks, deeply pinnatifid evergreen fronds, and round, naked sori.

Origin of polypody

1400–50; late Middle English polypodye < Latin polypodion < Greek polypódion (> New Latin Polypodium); see poly-, -pod, -ium
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Examples from the Web for polypody

Historical Examples of polypody

  • 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."

British Dictionary definitions for polypody


noun plural -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 for polypody

C15: from Latin polypodium, from Greek, from poly- + pous foot
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