chamaephyte

noun

cham·​ae·​phyte ˈka-mi-ˌfīt How to pronounce chamaephyte (audio)
: a perennial plant that bears its perennating buds just above the surface of the soil

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chamaephyte was in 1911

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Cite this Entry

“Chamaephyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chamaephyte. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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