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Any of numerous often creeping or prostrate vascular plants of the genus Selaginella that bear spores, have small scalelike leaves, and are closely related to the club mosses. Also called spikemoss.

[New Latin Selāginella, genus name, from Latin selāgō, selāgin-, a plant resembling savin, probably a kind of club moss or selaginella.]


(Plants) any club moss of the genus Selaginella, having stems covered in small pointed leaves and small spore-bearing cones: family Selaginellaceae. See also resurrection plant
[C19: from New Latin, diminutive of Latin selāgō plant similar to the savin]
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Noun1.selaginella - type and sole genus of the SelaginellaceaeSelaginella - type and sole genus of the Selaginellaceae; evergreen moss-like plants: spike moss and little club moss
fern genus - genera of ferns and fern allies
family Selaginellaceae, Selaginellaceae - lesser club mosses: terrestrial chiefly tropical plants resembling mosses
little club moss, spike moss, spikemoss - any of numerous fern allies of the genus Selaginella