polypody

[ pol-ee-poh-dee ]
/ ˈpɒl iˌpoʊ di /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. polyplegia,
  2. polyploid,
  3. polyploidy,
  4. polypnea,
  5. polypod,
  6. polypoid,
  7. polypore,
  8. polyporous,
  9. polyposia,
  10. polyposis

Origin of polypody

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

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British Dictionary definitions for polypody

polypody

/ (ˈpɒlɪˌpəʊdɪ) /

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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