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



polypody (plural polypodies)

  1. (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: [], 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.