polypody

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From Anglo-Norman polypodie and its source, Late Latin polypodium.

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polypody (plural polypodies)

  1. (botany) Any of many ferns of the genus Polypodium, especially common polypody.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.4.2.ii:
      Polypodie and epithyme are, without all exceptions, gentle purgers of melancholy [...].
    • 1653, Nicholas Culpeper, The English Physician Enlarged, Folio Society 2007, p. 226:
      If the humour be otherwise choose your Polypody accordingly.

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