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1. A plant of the genus Lycopodium, which includes many of the club mosses.
2. The yellowish powdery spores of certain club mosses, especially Lycopodium clavatum, formerly used in fireworks and explosives and as a covering for pills.

[New Latin Lycopodium, genus name : Greek lukos, wolf; see wl̥kwo- in Indo-European roots + Greek podion, diminutive of pous, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Plants) any club moss of the genus Lycopodium, resembling moss but having vascular tissue and spore-bearing cones: family Lycopodiaceae. See also ground pine2
[C18: New Latin, from Greek, from lukos wolf + pous foot]
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Noun1.lycopodium - type and sole genus of the LycopodiaceaeLycopodium - type and sole genus of the Lycopodiaceae; erect or creeping evergreen plants often used for Christmas decorations
fern genus - genera of ferns and fern allies
clubmoss family, family Lycopodiaceae, Lycopodiaceae - a family of ferns belonging to the order Lycopodiales
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'Dave has been and will continue to be, instrumental in designing and optimising the process flowsheet with Lycopodium as part of the Feasibility Study which we aim to release this quarter.
The spore grains used in the study are extracted from Lycopodium clavatum -- the common club moss.
A consortium of consultants, led by Lycopodium, are currently assigned to conduct a definitive feasibility study that aims to confirm the geotechnical parameters, hydrogeology, metallurgy, process design, process flow sheet, upgrading of existing indicated and inferred copper resources to a higher category of measured and indicated resources and converting resources to reserve.
The need for Lycopodium may be indicated by indigestion and abdominal distension that occurs soon after beginning to eat, as well as flatulent dyspepsia.
Not to be mistaken for Lycopodium clavatum (a related species that does not contain the active ingredient huperzine).
'A detailed capital cost estimate of $25.5 million was recently completed by Lycopodium for the expansion of the Masbate processing plant to 8 million tons per year [$23 million in 2018 and $2.5 million in 2019].
I think he gave me Lycopodium. About 30 minutes later, I could swallow anything."
Arbuscular mycorrhizas and dark septate fungi in Lycopodium paniculatum (Lycopodiaceae) and Equisetum bogotense (Equisetaceae) in a Valdivian temperate forest of Patagonia, Argentina.
Absorbant lycopodium powder is applied with the palm of the hands to keep pits dry.