co·​le·​o·​rhi·​za ˌkō-lē-ə-ˈrī-zə How to pronounce coleorhiza (audio)
plural coleorhizae ˌkō-lē-ə-ˈrī-(ˌ)zē How to pronounce coleorhiza (audio)
: the sheath investing the radicle in some monocotyledonous plants through which the roots emerge

Word History


New Latin, from Greek koleon + New Latin -rhiza

First Known Use

circa 1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coleorhiza was circa 1866

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“Coleorhiza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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