One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A plant of a genus that includes the common clubmosses.
- ‘For all Lycopodium species, the aerial stems have two primary functions.’
- ‘Insert sections of lycopodium all around the bottle brush to create a realistic miniature Christmas tree.’
- ‘Dried lycopodium is used for making herbal tea, which is good for diarrhea, urinary complains, and inflammations.’
- 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 fine plastic yellow mud will put lycopodium powder to shame, as it were.’
- ‘She had been prescribed lycopodium by her homeopath and this had helped a great deal but only gave symptomatic relief.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Modern Latin, from Greek lukos ‘wolf’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’ (because of the claw-like shape of the root).
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