polypody (plural polypodies)
- (botany) Any of many ferns of the genus Polypodium, especially common polypody.
1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: What It Is. With All the Kindes, Cavses, Symptomes, Prognosticks, and Seuerall Cvres of It. In Three Maine Partitions, with Their Seuerall Sections, Members, and Svbsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically Opened and Cut Up, by Democritvs Iunior, with a Satyricall Preface, Conducing to the Following Discourse, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):, 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.