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

Examples of geophyte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And as with geophytes, glacial cooling does not depress their numbers. Curtis W. Marean, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of geophyte was circa 1900

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“Geophyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/geophyte. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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