geophyte

noun

geo·​phyte ˈjē-ə-ˌfīt How to pronounce geophyte (audio)
: a perennial plant that bears its perennating buds below the surface of the soil

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And as with geophytes, glacial cooling does not depress their numbers. Curtis W. Marean, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of geophyte was circa 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Geophyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/geophyte. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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