cau·​dex ˈkȯ-ˌdeks How to pronounce caudex (audio)
plural caudices ˈkȯ-də-ˌsēz How to pronounce caudex (audio) or caudexes
: the stem of a palm or tree fern
: the woody base of a perennial plant

Examples of caudex in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because most are from dry, hot-weather areas such parts of Africa or Mexico, the caudex stores water for the plant to use during long, dry stretches. Dennis Peck | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 19 May 2022

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Word History


Latin, tree trunk or stem

First Known Use

circa 1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of caudex was circa 1797

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“Caudex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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