One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(In certain mosses and liverworts) a small, finely-divided, leaf-like structure on the stem between leaves.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Lindley (1799–1865), botanist and horticulturist. From scientific Latin paraphyllium from para- + ancient Greek ϕύλλον leaf + classical Latin -ium.
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