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 Tuberous begonia corms were not traditionally re-planted until April. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "The light is coming back. It’s time to get spring bulbs out of storage," 27 Feb. 2020 Plant up several corms every few days to stagger their flowering. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "The light is coming back. It’s time to get spring bulbs out of storage," 27 Feb. 2020 Now the snail, capable of laying as many as 1,200 of its bright pink eggs each week, infests taro patches on almost every island, leaving holes in the corms and eating the tender shoots, doubling farm labor and depressing yields. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "On Hawaii, the Fight for Taro’s Revival," 8 Nov. 2019 Southern California Plant summer-blooming bulbs, corms, and tubers, including acidanthera, agapanthus, tuberous begonias, caladiums, calla lilies, dahlias, daylilies, gladiolus, iris, ixia, montbretias, tiger flowers, tuberoses, and watsonias. Thad Orr, Sunset, "Your Essential Gardening To-Do List for April," 22 Jan. 2018 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corm. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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