One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In some lichens (especially of the genus Cladonia): a lichenized stalk-like portion of a fruticose apothecium, bearing spore-producing tissue at its tip.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in James Edward Smith (1759–1828), botanist. From scientific Latin podetium, apparently from ancient Greek ποδ-, πούς foot with arbitrary extended ending.
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