One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A plant of a genus that includes the common clubmosses.
Genus Lycopodium, family Lycopodiaceae
- ‘Dried lycopodium is used for making herbal tea, which is good for diarrhea, urinary complains, and inflammations.’
- ‘Insert sections of lycopodium all around the bottle brush to create a realistic miniature Christmas tree.’
- ‘For all Lycopodium species, the aerial stems have two primary functions.’
- 1.1mass noun A fine flammable powder consisting of clubmoss spores, formerly used as an absorbent in surgery, in experiments in the physical sciences, and in making fireworks.
- ‘The FDA further recommended that the use of talc or lycopodium be banned, despite the fact that these substances already have been out of favor for several decades.’
- ‘She had been prescribed lycopodium by her homeopath and this had helped a great deal but only gave symptomatic relief.’
- ‘The fine plastic yellow mud will put lycopodium powder to shame, as it were.’
- ‘After users discovered that talcum powder caused patient complications similar to those caused by lycopodium powder, they began to transition to the use of cornstarch in 1947.’
- ‘Dusting powder (ie, lycopodium, talcum powder, or a combination of the two) was introduced.’
Modern Latin, from Greek lukos ‘wolf’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’ (because of the clawlike shape of the root).
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