from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Biology Having numerous feet.
  • adjective Being or relating to any of numerous ferns of the order Polypodiales.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having many legs, feet, arms, or rays
  • noun A member of the Polypoda, in any sense.
  • noun Same as polypody. Also polypode.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective zoology Having many feet.
  • adjective zoology Of or pertaining to the Polypoda.
  • noun zoology An animal with many feet
  • noun botany Any fern of the family Polypodiaceae


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