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rhizome

noun rhi·zome \ˈrī-ˌzōm\

botany : a thick plant stem that grows underground and has shoots and roots growing from it

Full Definition of RHIZOME

:  a somewhat elongate usually horizontal subterranean plant stem that is often thickened by deposits of reserve food material, produces shoots above and roots below, and is distinguished from a true root in possessing buds, nodes, and usually scalelike leaves
rhi·zo·mic \rī-ˈzō-mik, -ˈzä-\ adjective

Origin of RHIZOME

New Latin rhizomat-, rhizoma, from Greek rhizōmat-, rhizōma mass of roots, from rhizoun to cause to take root, from rhiza root — more at root
First Known Use: 1845
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rhizome

noun rhi·zome \ˈrī-ˌzōm\

Medical Definition of RHIZOME

:  a usually horizontal subterranean plant stem that is distinguished from a true root in possessing buds, nodes, and usually scalelike leaves

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