One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An extinct genus of tree-sized lycopod plants (family Lycopodiaceae), known from their fossil remains found chiefly in coal measures; (also in form bothrodendron) a plant of this genus.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Lindley (1799–1865), botanist and horticulturist. From scientific Latin Bothrodendron, genus name (J. Lindley & W. Hutton from ancient Greek βόθρος pit + δένδρον tree.
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