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n. pl. pol·y·po·dies
Any of various ferns of the genus Polypodium, or formerly classified in this genus, having creeping rhizomes and often evergreen fronds with narrow undivided leaflets.
[Middle English polypodie, from Latin polypodium, from Greek polupodion, from diminutive of polupous, many-footed : polu-, poly- + pous, pod-, foot; see -pod.]
n, pl -dies
1. (Plants) any of various ferns of the genus Polypodium, esp P. vulgare, having deeply divided leaves and round naked sori: family Polypodiaceae
2. (Plants) any fern of the family Polypodiaceae, all having opaque leaves that are divided in most species
[C15: from Latin polypodium, from Greek, from poly- + pous foot]
pol•y•po•dy(ˈpɒl iˌpoʊ di)
n., pl. -dies.
any of various evergreen ferns of the genus Polypodium, with branching rhizomes and deeply cleft fronds.
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|Noun||1.||polypody - any of numerous ferns of the genus Polypodium|
fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
genus Polypodium, Polypodium - a genus of ferns belonging to the family Polypodiaceae and having rounded naked sori
gray polypody, grey polypody, Polypodium polypodioides, resurrection fern - fern growing on rocks or tree trunks and having fronds greyish and scurfy below; Americas and South Africa
coast polypody, leatherleaf, leathery polypody, Polypodium scouleri - stiff leathery-leaved fern of western North America having ovate fronds parted to the midrib
American wall fern, Polypodium virgianum, rock polypody, rock brake - chiefly lithophytic or epiphytic fern of North America and east Asia