Definition of phyllody in US English:

phyllody

noun

Botany
  • An abnormal condition in which parts of a flower, especially the petals or sepals, are changed into leaves or leaflike structures.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Maxwell Tylden Masters (1833–1907), botanist and journal editor. From either phyllode or phyllodium + -y.

Pronunciation

phyllody

/ˈfɪlədi/