corm

noun
\ˈkȯrm \

Definition of corm 

: a rounded thick modified underground stem base bearing membranous or scaly leaves and buds and acting as a vegetative reproductive structure — compare bulb, tuber

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There’s information on vegetable and fruit gardens, wooded areas, bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes; goldfish ponds, perennial borders, conifers, winter gardens and seeds. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From pots to plots: New gardening books offer advice, ideas, inspiration," 23 Feb. 2018 They were tantalized by images circulating online, purportedly taken by locals, that depict a towering banana corm, several stories high, with leaves about 5 yards long. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "The World’s Top Banana Is Doomed and Nobody Can Find a Replacement," 18 Dec. 2017 Dig up corms and tubers of gladioli, dahlias and tuberous begonias after the foliage dies. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Get bulbs chilling, planted for cheery spring flowers," 20 Oct. 2017 After all, many fields were already planted with the perennial corms by generations past and had simply fallen into disuse. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "Spain's Millennium-Old Tradition of Harvesting the Most Expensive Spice on Earth," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of corm

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for corm

borrowed from New Latin cormus, borrowed from Greek kormós "tree trunk after removal of the boughs," from kor-, o-grade derivative from the base of keírein "to cut off, shave" + -mos, resultative noun suffix — more at shear entry 1

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corm

noun
\ˈkȯ(ə)rm \

Medical Definition of corm 

: a rounded thick modified underground stem base bearing membranous or scaly leaves and buds and acting as a vegetative reproductive structure

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