corm

noun
\ ˈkȯrm How to pronounce corm (audio) \

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

Examples of corm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the bloom, the corm weighs about 7 pounds, Chryst said. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 25 Apr. 2022 Chryst said the greenhouse team can predict roughly when the blooms will happen by weighing the corm. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 25 Apr. 2022 Math about saffron: One corm typically produces one flower, which in turn yields three stigmas. Dennis Peck | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 4 Nov. 2021 Braunreiter will take a little piece of tissue from the corm (underground plant stem) or leaf of the plant and send it to the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Brittany Trang, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 July 2021 The Colocasia esculenta is the taro, an important food plant around the globe that is harvested mostly for its tuber-like corm, though the leaves and stalks are also eaten. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 17 May 2021 Banana plants form colonies of plants by creating offshoots, or suckers from the plant’s main base corm. oregonlive, 31 Oct. 2020 Tuberous begonia corms were not traditionally re-planted until April. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Feb. 2020 Plant up several corms every few days to stagger their flowering. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Feb. 2020 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corm. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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corm

noun
\ ˈkȯ(ə)rm How to pronounce corm (audio) \

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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