club moss

club moss
noun
primitive evergreen moss-like plant with spores in club-shaped strobiles
Syn: ↑club-moss, ↑lycopod
Hypernyms: ↑fern ally
Hyponyms:
Member Holonyms: ↑Lycopsida, ↑class Lycopsida, ↑Lycopodiate, ↑class Lycopodiate
Part Meronyms: ↑cone, ↑strobilus, ↑strobile

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noun
Etymology: translation of New Latin muscus clavatus
: a plant of the order Lycopodiales especially of the genus Lycopodium or the closely related Selaginella in some species of which the sporangia are borne in club-shaped strobili

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any plant of the genus Lycopodium.
[1590-1600]

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club moss noun
Any primitive plant of the family Lycopodiaceae, allied to the ferns, typically having small overlapping leaves and creeping stems
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Main Entry:club
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club moss see under ↑club and ↑lycopod
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Main Entry:moss

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club moss,
1. any one of a group of flowerless plants, related to the ferns and not true mosses, that are either erect or creeping, usually mosslike, and bear club-shaped cones which contain reproductive spores; ground pine; lycopod; lycopodium. Club mosses are often used in Christmas decorations.
2. a huge fossil tree that 300 million years ago grew along with tree ferns in steaming hot swamps and was turned into coal or became petrified.

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(also clubmoss) n. a low-growing green plant that resembles a large moss, having branching stems with undivided leaves. Relatives of the club mosses were the first plants to colonize the land during the Silurian period. Class Lycopodiopsida, phylum Lycopodiophyta: one living family, Lycopodiaceae

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  • club moss — clubmoss clubmoss . (Bot.) a primitive evergreen mosslike plant with spores in club shaped strobiles, much used in winter decoration. The best known species is {Lycopodium clavatum}, but other {Lycopodia} are often called by this name. The spore …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • club moss — n any of an order (Lycopodiales) of primitive vascular plants including several (genus Lycopodium) whose spores are used as a dusting powder and to coat pills * * * 1. any moss of the genus Lycopodium; some species have their spores inside small… …   Medical dictionary

  • club moss — club′ moss n. 1) pln any of various low, seedless, evergreen plants of the phylum Lycophyta, having a single vascular strand 2) pln Also called lycopod any club moss of the genus Lycopodium , bearing cones at the tips of erect branches, as the… …   From formal English to slang

  • club moss — [klub′môs΄] n. LYCOPOD …   English World dictionary

  • club moss — any plant of the genus Lycopodium. [1590 1600] * * * Any of about 200 species of primitive vascular plants that constitute the genus Lycopodium (order Lycopodiales), mainly native to tropical mountains but also common in northern forests of both… …   Universalium

  • club-moss — noun primitive evergreen moss like plant with spores in club shaped strobiles • Syn: ↑club moss, ↑lycopod • Hypernyms: ↑fern ally • Hyponyms: ↑shining clubmoss, ↑Lycopodium lucidulum, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • club moss — ground ground (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.] 1. The surface of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • club moss — noun Date: 1597 any of an order (Lycopodiales) of primitive vascular plants (as ground pine) often with the sporangia borne in club shaped strobili …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • club moss — noun Any of various simple microphyllous vascular plants, of the family Lycopodiaceae, that resemble mosses and produce spores. Syn: lycopod, lycopodium …   Wiktionary

  • club moss — /klʌb ˈmɒs/ (say klub mos) noun any plant of the genus Lycopodium …  

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