Lycopodium definition

līkə-pōdē-əm
A plant of the genus Lycopodium, which includes many of the club mosses.
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The yellowish powdery spores of certain club mosses, especially Lycopodium clavatum, formerly used in fireworks and explosives and as a covering for pills.
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Any of a genus (Lycopodium) of usually creeping, often evergreen, lycopods popular as Christmas decorations.
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The flammable yellow powder found in the spore cases of these plants, used in making fireworks and in medicine.
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Club moss.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Lycopodiaceae "” the club mosses.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lycopodium
Plural:
lycopodia, lycopodiums

Origin of lycopodium

  • New Latin Lycopodium genus name Greek lukos wolf wl̥kwo- in Indo-European roots Greek podion diminutive of pous foot ped- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek λύκος (lukos, “wolf") + πούς (pous, “foot")

    From Wiktionary