geophyte

noun
geo·​phyte | \ ˈjē-ə-ˌfīt How to pronounce geophyte (audio) \

Definition of geophyte

: 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, "When the Sea Saved Humanity," 1 Nov. 2012

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First Known Use of geophyte

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Geophyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/geophyte. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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