- any of a genus (Lycopodium) of usually creeping, often evergreen, lycopods popular as Christmas decorations
- the flammable yellow powder found in the spore cases of these plants, used in making fireworks and in medicine
Origin of lycopodiumModern Latin from Classical Greek lykos, wolf + -podium
- A plant of the genus Lycopodium, which includes many of the club mosses.
- The yellowish powdery spores of certain club mosses, especially Lycopodium clavatum, formerly used in fireworks and explosives and as a covering for pills.
Origin of lycopodiumNew Latin Lycopodium genus name Greek lukos wolf ; see w&llowring;kwo- in Indo-European roots.Greek podion diminutive of pous foot ; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
(plural lycopodiums or lycopodia)
- club moss
From Ancient Greek Î»ÏÎºÎ¿Ï‚ (lukos, “wolf") + Ï€Î¿ÏÏ‚ (pous, “foot")