Definition of polypody in English:

polypody

noun

  • A widely distributed fern which has stout scaly creeping rhizomes and remains green during the winter, growing on trees, walls, and stones, especially in limestone areas.

    • ‘Among the ferns are California polypody, maidenhair fern, and golden-back fern.’
    • ‘Aquarius Research Natural Area is particularly rich in ferns, including Western polypody, spreading woodfern, oak fern, male fern, bracken fern, and sword fern.’
    • ‘Others are maidenhair spleenwort, two kinds of polypody, and walking fern.’
    • ‘Others are ferns: golden polypody, long strap fern, and shoestring fern lodge themselves in the remnant bases of the old palm leaves.’
    • ‘There is also Onoclaea sensibilis, the sensitive fern, and our native common polypody, Polypodium vulgare.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek polupodion, denoting a kind of fern, from polu- many + pous, pod- foot.

Pronunciation:

polypody

/ˈpɒlɪpəʊdi/