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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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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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