chamaephyte

noun
cham·​ae·​phyte | \ ˈka-mi-ˌfīt How to pronounce chamaephyte (audio) \

Definition of chamaephyte

: a perennial plant that bears its perennating buds just above the surface of the soil

First Known Use of chamaephyte

1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chamaephyte

Greek chamai on the ground + English -phyte — more at humble

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“Chamaephyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chamaephyte. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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