- any fern of the genus Polypodium, as P. vulgare, having creeping rootstocks, deeply pinnatifid evergreen fronds, and round, naked sori.
Origin of polypody
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Examples from the Web for 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.Chatterbox, 1905.
To any of these pastes you may add "assafœtida, oil of polypody of the oak, oil of ivy, or oil of Peter."
- 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
C15: from Latin polypodium, from Greek, from poly- + pous foot
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