polypody (plural polypodies)
- (botany) Any of many ferns of the genus Polypodium, especially common polypody.
1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):, II.4.2.ii:
- Polypodie and epithyme are, without all exceptions, gentle purgers of melancholy […].
- 1653, Nicholas Culpeper, The English Physician Enlarged, Folio Society 2007, p. 226:
- If the humour be otherwise choose your Polypody accordingly.