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[pol-ee-poh-dee] /ˈpɒl iˌpoʊ di/
noun, plural polypodies.
any fern of the genus Polypodium, as P. vulgare, having creeping rootstocks, deeply pinnatifid evergreen fronds, and round, naked sori.
Origin of polypody
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English polypodye < Latin polypodion < Greek polypódion (> New Latin Polypodium); see poly-, -pod, -ium Unabridged
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  • The polypody ferns, being evergreen, look very well too, and will thrive facing all four points of the compass.

    Small Gardens Violet Purton Biddle
  • If hair fall off, boil the polypody fern and foment the head with that so warm.

    The Old English Herbals Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
  • "The cheerful community of the polypody," as Thoreau calls it, thrives best on the flat surfaces of rocks.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • 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
  • To any of these pastes you may add "assafœtida, oil of polypody of the oak, oil of ivy, or oil of Peter."

  • It took the name of polypody from its jagged leaves, upon which the seeds or spores appear in bright orange spots.

  • The form of the polypody is strangely interesting, it is even outlandish.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • The great round fruit-dots of the polypody show distinctly through the fronds as they stand erect in the sunlight.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • Later in the season the curled pinn of the polypody seem to be making the best of cold weather.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • He plucked a few of the ferns growing in the spray and discoursed on them, comparing them with the common European polypody.

    Poison Island Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
British Dictionary definitions for polypody


noun (pl) -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
C15: from Latin polypodium, from Greek, from poly- + pous foot
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