\ 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 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 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, 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, 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, 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, 18 Dec. 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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24 May 2021

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“Corm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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\ 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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